McDougall Lecture September 5 is on U.S.-Cuba baseball diplomacy

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MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA – International relations scholar Daniel Añorve Añorve will deliver the annual Archibald McDougall Lecture on International Law on September 5 at 12:30 p.m. in the WVU Law Event Hall.

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Añorve will discuss “The Role of Baseball Diplomacy in U.S.-Cuban Relations.” He is a professor of law, policy and government at the University of Guanajuato in Mexico.

Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

“When relations began normalizing between the United States and Cuba in December 2014, it marked, at least potentially, a turning point not only for both countries, but also for a handful of subnational actors,” said Añorve. “Baseball, a prime national hobby in both countries, suddenly seemed to have the potential to be much more than leisure, opening the possibility to trigger political, economic, and social forces that could pave the way to new channels of communications between these two ideologically-torn apart neighbors.”

Añorve is the 2017 Archibald McDougall Visiting Professor in International Law at WVU. He is teaching a course on Mexican-U.S. immigration issues at WVU Law.

Añorve has been a Fellow of the U.S. Department of State and he participated in the Summer U.S. Studies Institute on U.S. Foreign Policy in 2010. He holds a Ph.D. in Political and Social Sciences with a degree in International Relations from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and a Master's degree in Political Science from the University of York in Canada.

About Archibald McDougall

Archibald McDougall was born in 1903 in Tasmania, Australia, and attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar from 1924–1927. Over the course of an illustrious legal career, McDougall served as a delegate to the League of Nations, legal counselor to the British Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, and was a Professor of International Law at the Iraq Law School in Baghdad. McDougall died in Martinsburg, West Virginia, in 1984 and bequeathed a portion of his estate to WVU College of Law.

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