SUMMIT, NJ - Professor Bruce Tucker, from Rutgers University’s renowned Osher Life Long Learning Institute program (OLLI), will deliver the a four-week 'minicourse' entitled 'America’s Foreign Interventions: 1804-2001' beginning February 8 at the Summit Free Public Library.

Made possible by a grant from the Summirt Area Public Foundation, the newest edition of the Library's 'Explore Your World' series for adults will look at the foreign policy of the United States as it pertains to regime changes since the establishment of the Department of State in 1789.

Delving into the history and politics of 10 key foreign interventions spanning 1804-2001, ucker will discuss the benefits as they relate to the countries or territories and its citizens that were involved in these interventions and assess the impact of these interventions on America’s reputation as a nation that promotes democracy, freedom, and liberty, but may not always practice what it preaches.

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The four, two-hour sessions will occur on Fridays from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Classes will cover the following topics:

February 8 -- 1804 Tripoli; 1845 Texas & Mexico; 1850 Japan

February 15 -- 1893 Hawaii; 1898 Cuba-Phillipines-Puerto Rico

February 22 -- 1901 Panama & Nicaragua; 1950 Korea; 1953 Iran

March 1 -- 1961 Vietnam; 1970 Chile; 2001 Kuwait-Iraq & Afghanistan

Tucker is an adjunct history professor at Rutgers University School of Continuing Studies, OLLI program. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and History from Herbert H. Lehman College of the City of New York and a M.A. from Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey.

Those interested in registering for the free course can visit or call the library at 908-273-0350, ext. 3.

The Summit Free Public Library is located at 75 Maple Street.