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Pomona College Expert to Lecture on Oil, Culture and Society in Venezuela

Miguel Tinker Salas, one of the nation’s foremost experts on Mexican and Latin American politics, will give a talk at Pomona College drawn from his book The Enduring Legacy, Oil, Culture and Society in Venezuela (2009). His lecture will be held on Wednesday, November 18 at noon in the Blue Room of Frank Dining Hall (260 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont, 91711), and will address how the class, political and racial polarization that has surfaced since the election of President Hugo Chávez Frías, is due, in part, to very different visions of the nation in relation to the oil industry.

There is no cost for the lecture. To purchase lunch, which is available for $6, enter through the dining hall’s main entrance by 11:45 a.m.

Tinker Salas, professor of Latin American history and Chicano studies at Pomona College, will examine the profound divisions within Venezuelan society, as evidenced by mass mobilizations for and against the government, a failed military coup in April 2002, a lockout and strike engineered by oil company managers and opposition forces in December 2002, sporadic acts of violence in 2004 and 2006 to promote instability, and an unsuccessful presidential recall.

A sought-after authority on U.S.-Latin American relations and political and current events in Mexico and Latin America, Tinker Salas has been widely quoted by the Associated Press, USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, Le Figaro (France),,,,, Washington Post, CNN Español, BBC Brasil, Telemundo Television News, and Univision Television News, among many other news outlets.

In addition to The Enduring Legacy (2009), Tinker Salas authored Under the Shadow of the Eagles, The Border and the Transformation of Sonora During the Porfiriato (1997).

This lecture is part of the College’s Fall Faculty Lecture Series 2009. For further information, call, (909) 621-8328.

Pomona College is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offering a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.