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Ex Chile president to teach UC Berkeley seminar

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Michelle Bachelet, Chile's first female president, will teach a special seminar at the University of California at Berkeley beginning this week.

Bachelet, who served as president of Chile from 2006 to 2010, will teach seminars focused on issues she dealt with during her presidency and the challenges she faces as a newly named head of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.

"Bachelet is an exceptional political leader and a remarkable person," Harley Shaiken, chair of the school's Center for Latin American Studies, said in a statement.

Bachelet began her career as a pediatrician and public health specialist. She was appointed minister of health in Chile by former President Ricardo Lagos, and later replaced him as the country's leader.

The four-session seminar begins Friday. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students, and select faculty.

The remaining three seminars have a start date that is not yet determined.

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