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Ambassador Ricardo Luna (PLAS Visiting Scholar) on "Tropical Delusions: The Origins, Essential Differences, and Fragile Links of a Shared Ideology..."

Full title: "Tropical Delusions: The Origins, Essential Differences, and Fragile Links of a Shared Ideology for the Americas"
Discussant: Jeremy Adelman (Princeton University)

Location: 219 Burr Hall

Date/Time: 02/09/12 at 4:30 pm - 02/09/12 at 6:00 pm

Ambassador Ricardo Luna graduated with honors in Politics from Princeton, earned a Master of International Affairs from Columbia and was a graduate fellow at Harvard. A career diplomat, he has been ambassador of Peru to the United Nations (1989-92), United States (1993-2000), and United Kingdom (2006-2010). Previously, Luna has taught courses on international relations at various universities, including Princeton in 2000 and 2001. He will teach one undergraduate seminar, LAS 318/WWS 498/POL 471 Passive Aggressive Diplomacy: US-Latin American Relations during Spring 2011–12.

This lecture will address why, for many generations of the elites and ruling circles in Anglo and Latin America, the question of the nature of the Americas has been so vexing. It will seek to single out foundational differences and cultural contradictions that have inevitably affected the political and historical evolution of a shared vision for the Americas. The changing and often eccentric 19th and 20th century views on identity, nationhood and common goals shall be traced in the context of two distorting myths, "the black legend" and American exceptionalism.

Category: PLAS Lecture

Department: Program in Latin American Studies