Conference: “The Legacy of Hugo Chavez”, Michel Chossudovsky and Arnold August, Ottawa, May 23
CONFÉRENCE | PUBLIC LECTURE
The School of Political Studies of the University of Ottawa,
the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Canada, and Territorio Libre
Conference & Discussion
The Legacy of Hugo Chavez
Thursday, May 23, 2013, 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Faculty of Social Sciences Building (FSS), Room 1030
120 University Private, University of Ottawa
Michel Chossudovsky, Economist, Professor (Emeritus) at the University of Ottawa;
Arnold August, Montreal-based writer, journalist and lecturer.
Public lecture presented in English. Translation will be available. A short documentary film may be presented to facilitate the discussion.
Following decades of popular discontent, Venezuelans elected Hugo Chavez in 1998. Since 1999 the country experienced a democratic revolutionary process with decisive popular support, which gradually transformed the country’s traditional power structure including the control of the state oil company PDVSA.
The control of PDVSA allowed the implementation of numerous social programs in the country and abroad which have benefited millions and the creation of international initiatives such as ALBA, Telesur and others; yet it also made Venezuela a favorite target of the animosity of powerful transnational and national interests.
What are the main challenges in the post-Chavez era? How could the narrow victory in the recent presidential elections, the first ones without Chavez in 15 years, be interpreted? Is the opposition on its way to retake power and reestablished the old order? Could the ongoing revolutionary process survive without Chavez? What would happen with ALBA and with other regional initiatives? This panel invites you to debate these issues.
This public lecture is free and open to the public. It is not required to register. For further details, please contact [email protected]
Parking is available on campus.
About the author:
Michel Chossudovsky is an award-winning author, Professor of Economics (emeritus) at the University of Ottawa, Founder and Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG), Montreal, Editor of Global Research. He has taught as visiting professor in Western Europe, Southeast Asia, the Pacific and Latin America. He has served as economic adviser to governments of developing countries and has acted as a consultant for several international organizations. He is the author of eleven books including The Globalization of Poverty and The New World Order (2003), America’s “War on Terrorism” (2005), The Global Economic Crisis, The Great Depression of the Twenty-first Century (2009) (Editor), Towards a World War III Scenario: The Dangers of Nuclear War (2011), The Globalization of War, America's Long War against Humanity (2015). He is a contributor to the Encyclopaedia Britannica. His writings have been published in more than twenty languages. In 2014, he was awarded the Gold Medal for Merit of the Republic of Serbia for his writings on NATO's war of aggression against Yugoslavia. He can be reached at [email protected]
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