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Venezuela: Crisis, Elections and Perspectives for 2016

December 21, 2015 - 4:00 pm

Room 9204 (The Graduate Center, CUNY)

Venezuela: Crisis, Elections and Perspectives for 2016

Margarita Lopez MayaMargarita López Maya is Professor of Political Science at the Universidad Central de Venezuela. She has published several celebrated books, articles, and edited volumes focusing on social movements in Latin America.  She has been a Tinker Foundation fellow, an Andrés Bello fellow at Oxford University, and a visiting fellow at the Helen Kellogg Institute. Her publications include: The Venezuelan Caracazo of 1989: Popular Protest and Institutional Weakness (2003); Venezuela: confrontación social y polarización política (Medófilo Medina & Margarita López Maya, 2003); Del Viernes Negro al Referendo Revocatorio (2006 & 2007); Examining Participatory Innovations in Bolivarian Caracas (2008); Ideas para debatir el socialismo del siglo XXI, vols 1 & 2 (2007 & 2009); and Venezuela: once años de gestión de Hugo Chávez y sus fuerzas bolivarianas 1999-2010 (2010).

Luis LanderLuis E. Lander is Professor of Political Science at the Universidad Central de Venezuela. He is the director of Observatorio electoral venezolano. He has published more than 70 articles, and edited volumes focusing on oil politics and suffrage in Venezuela. His publications include: Decisiones misteriosas: Las circunscripciones electorales y la elecciones de septiembre (2010); Las injusticias consagradas. ¿Qué pasó el 26 de septiembre en Venezuela? (2010); Venezuela´s Presidential Elections of 2006: Toward 21st Century Socialism? (2011, coauthored with Margarita López Maya), among many others.

Mauricio FontMauricio Font is director of the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies and professor of sociology at The Graduate Center and Queens College, CUNY. Professor Font’s most recent publication is The State and the Private Sector in Latin America (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). He is author of  Coffee and Transformation in São Paulo, Brazil (Lexington Books, 2010), Transforming Brazil: A Reform Era in Perspective (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003), Café e Política: Ação da Elite Cafeeira na Política Paulista 1920-1930 (Bildner Center, 1988, Rev. 2010). He also edited Charting a New Course: The Politics of Globalization and Social Transformation (Rowman & Littlefield, 2001), and co-edited Integración económica y democratización: América Latina y Cuba (Instituto de Estudios Internacionales, Universidad de Chile, 1998),  Toward a New Cuba? (Lynne Rienner, 1997), and other publications.