Yale Conference to Examine Venezuela Under Hugo Chávez Tomorrow

Reporters are invited to cover a public forum at Yale on Friday, November 30, exploring the political situation in Venezuela under the leadership of President Hugo Chávez.

“Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution at Home and Abroad: A New Geometry of Power?” — will take place 10:30 a.m.–7 p.m. at the Yale Law School, 127 Wall St. It is free and open to the public.

The program will consist of a morning panel discussion on Venezuelan foreign affairs, featuring a presentation by Venezuela’s ambassador to the United States, Bernardo Alvarez Herrera, and an afternoon panel discussion on Venezuelan domestic policy. At 4 p.m., there will be a screening of the documentary film “Puedo Hablar? (May I Speak?)” —a chronicle of the 2006 presidential elections in Venezuela. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Scholars, politicians and filmmakers from across the political spectrum will speak at the event, which is sponsored by the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School and the Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies at Yale.

“We’ll go beyond the mainstream obsession with the controversial Chávez to consider the sources of his growing popular support, the successes and failures of his government at home and abroad, and prospects for the future,” said Gil Joseph, the Farnam Professor of History and International Studies at Yale University. Joseph is co-organizing the conference in collaboration with Greg Grandin, professor of history at New York University.

Other speakers will be Sujatha Fernande of Queens College, City University of New York; Greg Grandin and Alejandro Velasco of New York University; Christopher Moore, film director at Sol Productions; Francisco Rodriguez of Wesleyan University; Miguel Tinker Salas of Pomona College; Mark Weisbrot of the Center for Economic and Policy Research; and Yale faculty members Thad Dunning, Seth Fein and Gil Joseph.

For more information, including the complete schedule, visit The Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies web site.

The Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School, founded in 1989 to honor the late Orville H. Schell, Jr., coordinates a diverse program of human rights activities that serve students and scholars at Yale and contribute to the development of the human rights community locally and internationally.

The Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies (at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale seeks to enhance the understanding of Latin America, Spain and Portugal, and works to strengthen ties with institutions throughout those countries. The council organizes a weekly lecture and film series, sponsors research abroad, coordinates outreach programs, convenes international conferences and edits conference results for scholarly publication.

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