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Le Moyne College Hosts Symposium on Latin America

“We live next to the world's largest drug consumer, and all the world wants to sell them drugs through our door and our window. And we live next to the world's largest arms seller, which is supplying the criminals." -- Mexican President Felipe Calderon, 2010

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Le Moyne College will host a Latin American Symposium on Thursday, March 15, titled “Paying for America’s Addiction: Mexican Society in the War on Drugs.”

The symposium begins with a roundtable discussion, “Caught in the Middle: The Mexican People in the War on Drugs,” from 2:30 – 4 p.m. in the Reilley Room, located in Reilly Hall. The discussion will be moderated by Bruce A. Erickson, associate professor of history at Le Moyne. Discussion participants include Paul Gootenberg, professor of history, State University of New York at Stony Brook; Elaine Carey, associate professor of history, St. John’s University; and Bruce A. Erikson.

The keynote lecture will be delivered at 5 p.m. in the Panasci Family Chapel by Paul Gootenberg, professor of history at SUNY Stony Brook and author of “Andean Cocaine: The Making of a Global Drug.”
His talk is titled “The Pre-Colombian Era of Drug Trafficking in the Americas: The Origins of Illicit Cocaine, 1945-1973.”

The symposium is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Center for Peace and Global Studies, history department, gender and women’s studies program, Lectures Committee, Spanish Club and the department of foreign languages and literatures. For more information, call (315) 445-4294.

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posted on: 2/17/2012