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Special Collections and University Archives
and the Friends of Rutgers University Libraries
cordially invite you to

A public program and reception to mark the opening of
"The United States and Latin-America:
Troubled Past, Complex Future."

exhibit at Alexander Library

Thursday, April 3, 2001 - 5:00 pm
Teleconference Lecture Hall,
Scholarly Communications Center, 4th floor
Archibald S. Alexander Library
College Ave. Campus

Program featuring presentations by:

  • Robert R. Kaufman, speaking about US/Latin American relations during the Cold War period.
    Mr. Kaufman is a professor of political science at Rutgers University, a specialist in Latin American politics and economics, and the author of Politics of Debt in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico and many other works.

  • Denise Hibay, speaking about the challenges of collecting Latin American materials.
    Ms. Hibay is the assistant chief librarian for collection development, New York Public Library and former selector for Latin America, Spain and Portugal at the New York Public Library.

At the exhibit opening, the Libraries will honor their many donors of Latin American materials, including Robert Alexander, Frances Grant, Samuel L. Bailey, Frank Dauster, Peter J. Schoenbach, and the late James Street and Harry Kantor.

The program will be followed by a reception, featuring Caribbean-style refreshments.

To RSVP, send email to hglazer@rci.rutgers.edu or call 732/932-7505.

"The United States and Latin-America: Troubled Past, Complex Future" exhibit will showcase the Rutgers University Libraries' rich collections documenting Latin American history, politics and culture, particularly focusing on the Cold War period, when Latin America became a battleground in the contest between the United States and the Soviet Union for global hegemony.

The exhibit, which will be on display in Gallery '50 and in the Special Collections and University Archives Gallery from April 3 until July 1, 2001, includes photographs, artifacts, letters, rare books, historical pamphlets and other materials which document, in particular, the role of the anti-communist "democratic" left in Latin American policy during this period. Featured is correspondence from Latin American leaders including Venezuela president Rómulo Betancourt, Colombian president Eduardo Santos, Puerto Rican Governor Luís Muñoz Marín, as well as artists such as Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral, the first Latin American to win the Nobel Prize. Also on display is a transcript of an interview with Ernesto "Che" Guevara in Cabana Fortress in Havana, conducted by Rutgers Emeritus Professor Robert J. Alexander in 1959.

This exhibit is part of the university-wide celebration of the thirtieth anniversary of the Department of Puerto Rico and Hispanic Caribbean Studies. Additionally, the exhibit celebrates the completion of a two-year National Historical Publications and Records Commission funded project, "Documenting Inter-American Cooperation," which supported the arrangement and description of two large and important Latin-American manuscript collections, those of the late human rights activist and cultural ambassador Frances R. Grant, and of Robert J. Alexander. Although primarily drawn from these two collections, the exhibit will also include other materials including diaries and correspondence from early visitors to Latin America, and records of a nineteenth century Cuban sugar plantation.

Posted Feb. 26, 2001