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February 2008

Release Date: February 20, 2008

Former U.S. Ambassador to Speak at Angelo State

Thomas J. Dodd, former U.S. ambassador to Uruguay and Costa Rica, will visit Angelo State University Feb. 27–28 and will conduct a special public presentation on U.S. foreign policy in Latin American Thursday, Feb. 28, in the ASU Houston Harte University Center.

Dodd will discuss "The United States and Venezuela: Different Roles and Views in the Hemisphere" at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 in the University Center’s C.J. Davidson Conference Center. The event is open free to the public.

Dodd has had a long and distinguished career as a diplomat and teacher. He was the U.S. ambassador to Uruguay from 1993-97 and to Costa Rica from 1997-2001. Since then, he has taught at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, American University School of International Service, George Washington University Honors Program, and the Lazarski School of Commerce and Law in Warsaw, Poland. In 2006, President Bush appointed him to the board of directors of the Inter-American Foundation.

Prior to his diplomatic service, Dodd taught Latin American history and diplomacy at Georgetown from 1966-93. He has also served as a consultant to the Policy and Coordination staff in the U.S. Secretary of State’s Office and was chairman of the Advanced Seminar on Central America and the Spanish Caribbean at the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service Institute. He was director of Georgetown’s graduate Latin American Studies Program from 1969-1973 and a member of the faculty advisory board at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy for more than 10 years.

Dodd holds a bachelor’;s degree from Georgetown and a master’s and Ph.D. from George Washington University. He also served in the U.S. Army, rising to the rank of captain and earning the Army Commendation Medal in 1961. His numerous publications include "Managing Democracy in Central America: U.S. and Nicaragua, 1927-1933" and "The Letters of Tom�s Herran: Colombian Diplomat and the Panama Crisis, 1903-04."

During his time at ASU, Dodd will also visit several classes and speak to students on current international events and U.S. foreign policy in Latin America. His visit to the ASU campus is sponsored by the College of Liberal and Fine Arts and the University Center Program Council.

For more information, call Dr. Roberto Garza in the ASU Government Department at 942-2262, Ext. 276.