U.S. Professor speaks to students, faculty
at Universidad de la Republica
John Chasteen of University of North
Carolina discusses his books on Latin American history
June 23, 2004
John Chasteen’s books on South America aim to interest
college students in Latin American studies.
Professor Chasteen, who teaches Latin American
history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
traveled to participate in a seminar Tuesday (June 22) at
the Universidad de la Republica. The professor spoke to
about 30 students and faculty about his works: “Born
in Blood and Fire: A Concise History of Latin America”
and “National Rhythms, African Beats: The Deep History
of Latin American Popular Dance.”
The first book, Professor Chasteen explained,
tells the story of South America by focusing on common people
in several countries, rather than generals and presidents.
“This book is aimed at people who
don’t have a background in Latin American studies,”
he said. “The challenge in writing this book was in
how to give an historical vision of Latin America as a whole,
when each country has its own historical context.”
The second book chronicles the development
and importance of dance in the history of Latin America.
The U.S. Embassy, Montevideo, sponsored
Professor Chasteen’s visit.