Author and Historian Alan McPherson to Speak at A-State
JONESBORO – Author and Historian Alan McPherson will discuss his investigative research and book during a presentation in Arkansas State University's 2019-20 Lecture-Concert Series, Wednesday, Oct. 16.
He will speak at 5 p.m. in room 1028 of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building (GPS: 2401 Aggie Road). Admission is free.
McPherson is the director of Temple University’s Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy and a historian of U.S.-Latin American relations and global activism. He is an award-winning author who has written widely on U.S. interventions in Latin America but also on the advocacy of rock band U2.
His most recent book, "Ghosts of Sheridan Circle: How a Washington Assassination Brought Pinochet’s Terror State to Justice," discusses the assassination of Chilean ambassador Orlando Letelier, killed in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 21, 1976, by a car bomb. The U.S. government was hesitant to blame Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, a Cold War ally.
McPherson proves that Pinochet had ordered the murder, providing a definitive account of this assassination that forever changed the course of counterterrorism and democracy in the western hemisphere.
His appearance at A-State is presented with additional funding support from the College of Liberal Arts and Communication, Department of History, and Department of Political Science.
The Lecture-Concert Series serves Arkansas State and the surrounding communities by bringing notable guest speakers and performers of diverse backgrounds and wide appeal to the campus.
For more details about the series, interested individuals may visit the Lecture-Concert Series website, AState.edu/LectureConcert.
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