[act-ma] 09/15 DRCLAS - Panel on "The Revolution in Venezuela"

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Mon Sep 12 10:40:04 PDT 2011


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The Andes Initiative presents: Panel on "The Revolution in Venezuela"
By *sjampel*
Created *08/30/2011 - 10:03*
 [image: andes rojo 3 logo.jpg] <http://www.drclas.harvard.edu/node/8101>
[1]
  *Date:* September 15, 2011
  *Time:* 6:00 - 7:30 pm
  *Location:* CGIS <http://www.drclas.harvard.edu/about/directions>
[2]South, S-250, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA
  *Contact:* Paola Ibarra, pibarra at fas.harvard.edu [3]

 Is Venezuela’s Bolivarian revolution under Hugo Chávez truly revolutionary?
Most books and articles tend to view the Chávez government in an either-or
fashion. Some see the president as the shining knight of
twenty-first-century socialism, while others see him as an avenging
Stalinist strongman. Despite passion on both sides, the Chávez government
does not fall easily into a seamless fable of emancipatory or authoritarian
history, as these essays make clear.
A range of distinguished authors consider the nature of social change in
contemporary Venezuela and explore a number of themes that help elucidate
the sources of the nation’s political polarization. The chapters range from
Fernando Coronil’s “Bolivarian Revolution,” which examines the relationship
between the state’s social body (its population) and its natural body (its
oil reserves), to an insightful look at women’s rights by Cathy A. Rakowski
and Gioconda Espina. This volume shows that, while the future of the
national process is unclear, the principles elaborated by the Chávez
government are helping articulate a new Latin American left.

Panelists:
Mark Weisbrot, Co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research,
Washington, D.C.
Cathy Rakowski, Associate Professor of Women's Studies and Rural Sociology,
Ohio State University
Thomas Ponniah, Professor at the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, George
Brown College

Discussant: Merilee Grindle
*Reception to follow*


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