Event to examine Venezuela’s political, socioeconomic crisis
The Institute for the Humanities at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Latin American and Caribbean studies program at Northwestern University will present “Crisis in Venezuela: Historical Perspectives and Potential Solutions,” a panel discussion on the South American nation’s challenging current affairs and the possibility of a political solution.
3 p.m to 5 p.m.
UIC Student Center East
750 S. Halsted St.
The death of President Hugo Chávez in 2013 and the fall of international oil prices produced a major political and socioeconomic crisis in Venezuela.
The ensuing conflict between the government of President Nicolás Maduro (Chávez’s successor), independent Chavista sectors, opposition movements, and U.S.-backed conservative elites over issues concerning democratic rule and national sovereignty continues to unfold.
Three scholars of Venezuela, Verónica Zubillaga of Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas; Alejandro Velasco of New York University; and David Smilde of Tulane University, will discuss the origins and potential outcomes of the ongoing political crisis in Venezuela.
Event co-sponsors are Northwestern University’s history department, Chabraja Center for Historical Studies, Latin American and Caribbean studies program, and the Buffett Institute for Global Studies; UIC’s Institute for the Humanities, Imagining Peace in the 21st Century Working Group, and departments of history, Latin American and Latino studies, and urban planning and policy; and the University of Chicago’s Center for Latin American Studies.
Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call (312) 996-6352.