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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


Professor John ChasteenProfessor 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.

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