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ISLAC to host Panama Canal expert

TAMPA, Fla. – The current Bacardi Visiting Scholar from the University of Florida will be giving a lecture based on his research, Panama since the Turnover of the Canal: Successes and Failures at 3 p.m. on March 17 in the Grace Allen Room. The event is sponsored by the University of South Florida Institute for the study of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Michael Conniff, Ph.D. is the spring 2014 University of Florida’s Center for Latin American Studies’ Bacardi Eminent Scholar. He will discuss the details the transition from American control to Panamanian control in the Panama Canal. In 1999, the United States gave Panama the control of the canal, which has resulted in a mixture of positive and negative change. Conniff will explain how Panama’s economy, politics and relations has progressed with the United States.

“Panama has done extraordinarily well since taking over the canal,” Conniff said. “They have managed the canal very effectively, have grown the economy at phenomenal rates, and they have preserved democracy and a vibrant political scene.”

Conniff is also a professor in the Department of History at San José State University. Before teaching at San José State University, Conniff taught at the University of New Mexico. He also has helped create Latin American studies programs at Auburn University and the University of South Florida. In addition, Conniff has published several books and articles on modern history in Latin America.

He earned his Doctor of Philosophy at Stanford University. He completed both his Master and Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Author: Jasmin Lankford