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Wells to Discuss Cuban Baseball and Politics to Launch 2007-08 Common Hour

Story posted August 31, 2007


Allen Wells, Roger Howell Jr. Professor of History, will speak at the first Common Hour of the 2007-08 academic year.

Professor Wells will give a talk titled "Cuba's Favorite Pastimes: Baseball and Politics" at 12:30 p.m., Friday, September 7, 2007, in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center.

This Common Hour talk is the Karofsky Faculty Encore Lecture. Each semester the Faculty Encore Lecture features a Bowdoin faculty member chosen by members of the senior class honoring him or her as a teacher and role model.

Allen Wells came to Bowdoin in 1988 after teaching nine years in North Carolina. 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 earned 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 at the State University of New York at Binghamton.

He is currently working on a project on U.S. foreign policy, the Trujillo dictatorship and the Dominican Republic Settlement Association—WWII refugees who fled Hitler's Europe and established an agricultural colony in Santo Domingo.

Common Hour is open to all Bowdoin students, faculty and staff. Events are held every other Friday of the term at 12:30 p.m. Class and meeting schedules are altered so that students, faculty, and staff may attend.

The Karofsky Family Fund was established by Paul I. '66, his son David M. '93, and his brother Peter '62 in memory of their father and David's grandfather, Sydney B. Karofsky.

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