Lynne A. Guitar, Ph.D.
Resident Director for the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic.
Lynne, who was born and raised in the U.S.A., is Resident Director for the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)) program in liberal arts at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. In addition to her administrative responsibilities, Dr. Guitar has been involved since the pilot stage in teaching an innovative CIEE "Living and Learning in Santiago, Dominican Republic" seminar that provides students with the skills needed to achieve intercultural growth and understanding, which are so important in our increasingly globally interdependent and culturally diverse world. Lynne lived and worked in Canada for ten years and has been a permanent resident of the D.R. since coming as a Fulbright Fellow in 1997/98, having first visited for research purposes in 1984 and as an exchange student in 1992.
Lynne earned two simultaneous B.A.s, one in history and one in anthropology, from Michigan State University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Latin American history from Vanderbilt University. Widely published in academic collections and journals, she also writes historical novels and is collaborating with a U.S. producer on feature movies to be filmed in the D.R. She has appeared in documentaries for History Channel and Discovery Channel, among others, and has presented lectures as a guest speaker in more than a dozen countries on her research specialties: the history and cultures of the indigenous peoples of the Caribbean, history and cultures of the Colonial Spanish Caribbean, and popular Dominican culture through the present day in its evolved, mixed form, which has blended customs and beliefs of the TaÔøΩno Indians with those of various African peoples and Spaniards, as well as other immigrants to the region.
Co-author of Cultural Detective Dominican Republic