Chilean professor to discuss Cold War


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Sebastián Hurtado Torres, a professor at the Universidad Austral in Valdivia, Chili, will present “The Cold War in the Southern Andes: The Uneasy Intersection of Ideology and Geopolitics,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 15 in Powers Hall room 134.

Fixed-Term faculty member, Brad Eidahl, invited the professor to speak at CMU upon hearing he was coming to do research at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library in Grand Rapids. Torres is a well-respected scholar of US-Latin American Relations in Chile, Eidahl said.

Eidahl said he hopes students who attend the presentation will get a global perspective on the Cold War, a critical event in world history.

Politicians and others in Latin America participated in the global Cold War struggle to accomplish their own ends, few of which were directly related to the U.S. or the Soviet Union, Eidahl said.

“It is important to see that though the United States is a great power in the world, they cannot just dictate action to other countries, Eidahl said.

The event is sponsored by the Department of History.

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