Bolivian Vice President Álvaro García Linera was elected with a large majority in 2005 as running mate and idea man to President Evo Morales of the Movement Toward Socialism party. In a country in which the majority of citizens identify themselves as indigenous, Morales is the first indigenous leader since the Spanish conquest. García Linera is regarded by many as a key policy architect in the Morales administration.

García Linera's talk is delivered in Spanish with translation. The event was sponsored by the Department of Romance Studies, Diacritics magazine, the Latin American Studies Program and the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies.

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