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Latin America’s Turbulent Transitions: The Future of Twenty-First-Century Socialism
Sunday, June 16, 2013 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Occupy U, University of the Commons, and Modern Times Bookstore present Roger Burbach, who will read from and discuss his book “Latin America’s Turbulent Transitions: The Future of Twenty-First-Century Socialism”
Over the past few years, something remarkable has occurred in Latin America. For the first time since the Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua in the 1980s, people within the region have turned toward radical left governments – specifically in Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador. Why has this profound shift taken place and how does this new, so-called “Twenty-First Century Socialism” actually manifest itself? What are we to make of the often fraught relationship between the social movements and governments in these countries and do, in fact, the latter even qualify as “socialist” in reality?
These are the bold and critical questions that Latin America’s Turbulent Transition explores, as the authors provocatively argue that although U.S. hegemony in the region is on the wane, the socialist project is also declining. Going beyond simple “two-left” conceptions, the book reveals the true underpinnings of this powerful, transformative and yet also complicated and contradictory process.
SUNDAY, June 16th: 6-8PM
This reading and discussion is presented in conjunction with Occupy U, the University of the Commons workshop series.
Democratic movements in many countries have sought to “occupy” as a symbol and organizing tactic for political, social, economic, and ecological change. This workshop encourages participants to dialog and research strategies and tactics used by present-day and past movements for change to determine which are most effective. The workshop draws on contemporary and historical texts, with role plays and invited speakers. Participants co-create the schedule with the workshop facilitator by recommending topics for following sessions. The project is intended to foster knowledge acquisition, critical thinking, and dialog to foster change.
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