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CIA Interrogations From Cold War to War on Terrorism to Lead off International Institute World Beyond Our Borders Book Series

January 17, 2006

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January 17, 2006

Contact: Ronnie Hess, Director of Communications, Division of International Studies,
UW-Madison, rlhess@wisc.edu (608) 262-5590

CIA INTERROGATIONS FROM COLD WAR TO
WAR ON TERRORISM TO LEAD OFF INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE’S NEXT “WORLD BEYOND OUR BORDERS” BOOK
SERIES

Madison, WI – A new book by University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor
Alfred McCoy (History) on CIA interrogation, A Question of Torture: CIA Interrogation,
from the Cold War to the War on Terror, will lead off the next “World
Beyond our Borders” series, sponsored by the University’s International
Institute and Borders Books. Other books in the series will examine the history
of Russia and the Soviet Union, Indian theatre and performance, and the evolution
of Chilean democracy.

Professor McCoy’s book (Henry Holt/Metropolitan Books, 2006) is “a
startling exposé” of the CIA’s development and spread of
psychological torture from the Cold War to Abu Ghraib. “Far from aberrations,
A Question of Torture shows that these abuses are the product of a long-standing
covert program of interrogation.” Naomi Klein of The Nation has called
the book, “an indispensable and riveting account.” Professor
McCoy will discuss the book on Wednesday, February 1.

The faculty book series, now
in its third year, has featured over two dozen UW-Madison faculty authors discussing
the international dimensions of their
new works. All events are at 7 p.m. at Borders West, 3750 University Avenue,
Madison, WI. The dates are subject to change.

Other books in the series include:

  • Tuesday, March 21 – Empire of Nations: Ethnographic Knowledge
    and the Making of the Soviet Union (Cornell University Press, 2005), by
    Francine Hirsch (History). The book has been called “a major contribution
    to the history of Russia and the Soviet Union,” offering insights into
    the connection between ethnography and empire.
  • Tuesday, April 11 – Theatres
    of Independence: Drama, Theory, and Urban Performance in India since 1947
    (University of Iowa Press and Oxford University
    Press, 2005), by Aparna Dharwadker (Theatre and Drama, and English). This
    book
    establishes post-independence Indian theatre as a major contemporary national
    tradition, and a vital part of world theatre. It is “an extraordinary
    contribution to postcolonial literary and performance theory that will
    shape the field in the years ahead.”
  • Tuesday, May 2 – Courage
    Tastes of Blood: The Mapuche Community
    of Nicolás
    Ailío and the Chilean State, 1906-2001 (Duke University Press, 2005)
    by Florencia Mallon (History). The book describes the movement for cultural
    and political recognition by Chile’s largest indigenous group, the
    Mapuche. The book “offers a distinctive perspective on the evolution
    of Chilean democracy and its rupture with the military coup of 1973.”

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