The Clatsop Community College Arts and Ideas program and The World Affairs Council Of Oregon is bringing Ambassador Charles Gillespie, senior U.S. diplomat to Latin America, to Astoria to speak on "Latin America: Forgotten Region After 9/11?"

The talk will take place at noon Friday, June 28 at the CCC Performing Arts Center, 16th Street and Franklin Avenue. Admission is free.

Mr. Gillespie served as U.S. ambassador to Colombia and Chile from 1985 to 1992 and later as special assistant to the president and senior director for Latin America for the National Security Agency. He was also ambassador and chief of mission in Grenada when U.S. forces launched operations there, and served subsequently in Mexico and Panama. He is currently a principal in the Skowcroft Group providing strategic counsel and practical advice to firms in the transportation, energy, financial services, mining and defense industries.

Gillespie will speak the day before in Portland at the World Affairs Council's Monthly Headline Forum.

The World Affairs Council is a nonprofit educational organization that organizes lectures, forums and debates on international topics. Its International Speaker Series last year featured former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, primatologist Jane Goodall and New York Times International Affairs columnist Thomas Friedman.

For more information about Arts & Ideas events, go online to www.clatsopcc.edu/arts&ideas

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