Bowdoin professor Allen Wells will discuss "US and American Jewish Support for Dictatorship in Latin America," on February 3, 2010.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—Allen Wells, Roger Howell, Jr. Professor of History at Bowdoin College will deliver the Charles Griffin Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, February 3. Open to the public without charge, the lecture will begin at 5:00pm in Sanders Hall, Spitzer Auditorium (room 212).

Wells will discuss “The Abduction of a Professor: US and American Jewish Support for Dictatorship in Latin America.” His lecture will draw on his recent work on the Sosúa colony in the Dominican Republic, founded during the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo by Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany.  

The author of Tropical Zion: General Trujillo, FDR, and the Jews of Sosúa, Wells has taught at Bowdoin since 1988. His scholarship has focused on modern Mexican history, especially Yucatán and he offers a range of courses in colonial and modern Latin American history.

Originally from New York, he received his M.A (1974). And Ph.D. (1979) in History at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his B.A. (1973) in History and Latin American Studies from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

He and Steve Topik (University of California, Irvine) are currently preparing an essay on “The Economics and Social Politics of Shifting Markets” for Vol. 5, Transformation and Crisis, 1870 to 1945, ed. Emily Rosenberg, A New History of the World. General Editors Akira Iriye (Harvard University) and Jürgen Osterhammel (University of Konstanz).

The Charles Griffin Memorial Lecture, sponsored by the department of history, honors the former dean of the faculty and professor of history at Vassar.

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Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Monday, February 1, 2010