Marie Arana at the Latin American Centre
Students and members of staff listen to the Washington-based writer Marie Arana, who gave a talk on Simon Bolívar and the wars of independence in Spanish America at the LAC on 18 October. The author of various books, including the novel Cellophane, and a memoir about her bicultural childhood, American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood, Arana has now written Bolívar: American Liberator, recently published by Simon & Schuster in the United States and Orion/Weidenfeld & Nicolson in the United Kingdom. Based on her recent biography, she gave a lively presentation on the significance of Bolívar’s achievements, limitations and legacy as the outstanding leader of independence. In addition to students and teachers from the Latin American Centre, Arana’s talk was attended by members of other departments and faculties of the university, including History Spanish and Politics, as well as members of the general public. Her well attended talk motivated an engaging discussion, followed by a reception at the Latin American Centre.