The Monroe Doctrine was a bedrock of United States foreign policy since it was proclaimed by President James Monroe in 1823. It was restated and reinterpreted over the next 150 years, most recently in the 1960s with regard to the Cuban Missile Crisis and turmoil in Central America. But it is hardly mentioned today. What did it say? What happened to it? Is it alive or dead? Or has it been transformed? Come and explore these and other questions that the class will consider.

Dr. Noel Pugach, professor emeritus of history at UNM, specializes in US foreign relations. The author of numerous monographs and articles, he lectures frequently and does Chautauqua performances of historical figures.