Top Venezuelan Diplomat to Speak at USF Today

TAMPA, Fla. (April 23, 2008) – The Venezuelan Ambassador, His Excellency Bernardo Alvarez Herrera, visits the University of South Florida today to deliver an address, “Democracy in the Andean Countries of Latin America,” at the USF School of Business (room 1201). The event takes place at 4 p.m. and is sponsored by the Departments of Africana Studies and Government and International Affairs and the Institute for the Study of Latin American and the Caribbean.

Ambassador Herrera has held his post since 2003. He is a member of the executive committee to the U. S. Energy Council, principal coordinator for Venezuela in the Cooperation Agreement on Energy with the United States and he heads the Venezuelan Delegation to the Ministerial Conferences of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). Ambassador Herrera has taught at the School of Political and Administrative Studies of the Universidad Central de Venezuela and at the Superior School of the Venezuelan Air Force, in addition he has served as academic advisor at the Institute of Higher Studies on National Defense. The diplomat holds a degree in political science from the UCV and a masters degree in Development Studies from the University of Sussex, England.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity to hear directly from one of the top representatives from a part of the world most North Americans know very little about and where exciting things are happening,” said USF Political Science Professor Harry Vanden.

For more information, contact 974-2683.


The University of South Florida is among the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community engaged public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It is one of Florida's top three research universities. USF was awarded more than $300 million in research contracts and grants last year. The University offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The University has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 45,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.

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