Former president of American Historical Association, Latin American expert to speak at Coe

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2009-11-04 15:13:54 - General

Phi Beta Kappa's Visiting Scholar Program will present a program at Coe College featuring John H. Coatsworth, dean of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Coatsworth will lecture on the economic and international history of Latin America. The program will be held on Monday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall on the Coe campus. It is free and open to the public.

Coatsworth will discuss his research on comparative economical, social and international history of Latin America, especially in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. The historian has written or edited seven books and many articles on Latin American history. Coatsworth was recently elected the president of the Latin American Studies Association and was the president of the American Historical Association in 1995. He also serves as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, among other professional associations.

Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest academic honor society, started the Visiting Scholar Program in 1956 as a way to contribute to the intellectual life of campuses across the nation. The Visiting Scholar Program brings 12 or more scholars to 100 colleges or universities nationwide each year. The Visiting Scholar Program is limited to the 276 campuses with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. Coe is one of only five private colleges in Iowa with a Phi Beta Kappa Chapter.

For more information, call 399-8581.