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Tribute to Jacobo Arbenz Guzman and Guatemala’s history

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Friday, October 7, 2011, 2:00pm - 4:15pm EST


1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, Concourse level, Belfer Case Study Room (S020), Harvard University


The Legacy of the Guatemalan Coup: Human Rights and the US-Latin American Relations, Made possible by Professor Sergio Sequira and DRCLAS


Panel 1, 2 - 3pm:

The Coup and US-Latin American Relations Now and Then.
Featuring Professor Stephen Kinzer from Boston University, Professor Rick Wilson, ESQ from American University College of Law and Professor John Coatsworth (Columbia University)

Panel 2, 3:15 - 4:15pm.

The Coup in Guatemala: Family Stories
Featuring Anesthesiologist Dr. Erick Arbenz, and Margarita Arevalo, Video memories by Jacobo Arbenz Vilanova

Panel discussions followed by Q & A, also present for this Q & A will be Stephen Schlesinger

co-author Bitter Fruit.


Dr. Erick Arbenz

Grandson of deposed Guatemalan President Jacobo Arbenz – will talk about the impact of the coup on Guatemala and will make a formal statement to the US government

Professor John Coatsworth

Dean of School of International Public Affairs, Columbia University – will talk about the importance of the coup for the future of US-Latin American relations

Professor Steven Kinzer

Award-winning foreign correspondent; author of Overthrow:  America‚Äôs Century of Regime Change and co-author of Bitter Fruit: The Untold Story of the American Coup in Guatemala – will talk about the details of the 1954 coup

Professor Rick Wilson

Attorney who took the case of the Arbenz overthrow to the OAS (Organization of American States) – will talk about why this case is important now and its implications

Margarita Arevalo

Daughter of former Guatemalan President Juan Jose Arevalo

The Arbenz Story moves from powerful piece of history to the silver screen.