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"The Americas After Chavez" Subject of Symposium on April 5

Chavez conference poster

Scholars and activists will discuss “The Americas After Chávez,” a symposium on the legacy of the recently deceased president of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, and his impact upon Venezuela, Latin America and the Global South. The sessions will examine how Chávez’s leadership inspired a new political left, helped reconfigure international relations in the Americas and sparked widespread political debate. Among the participants are Tom Hayden, director of The Peace and Justice Resource Center; Aviva Chomsky, a leading historian of Latin America; and John Ackerman, author and vice president of the International Association of Administrative Law. This event will be held on Friday, April 5, from 2 p.m.-9 p.m., at Pomona College (Smith Campus Center Room 201, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). The schedule of the symposium and participants is as follows:

2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. “Chavismo from the Grassroots”

Ruben Tapia (host of “Enfoque Latino” on KPFK), ethnomusicologist T.M. Scruggs (University of Iowa), Robin Garcia (Claremont Graduate University), Ricardo Moreno and additional activists from Venezuela (via Skype). 

4 p.m.-6 p.m. “Venezuela, Latin America and the Global South”

John Ackerman (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), Irma Sandoval (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), Aviva Chomsky (Salem State University, Pomona College), Suyapa Portillo (Pitzer College) and Jacques Depelchin (State University of Feira de Santana).

7 p.m.-9 p.m. Roundtable Discussion: “The Americas After Chávez” and Musical Performances

Author and activist Tom Hayden, Ruben Luengas (former Telemundo broadcaster, web news service producer and host of KPFK’s “Contragolpe”) and Miguel Tinker Salas (Pomona College).

For more information, contact: (909) 607-3452.

This event is sponsored by the Pomona College History Department and the Intercollegiate Department of Chicano/a Latino/a Studies and Latin American Studies.