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Co-Sponsored Event: "Venezuela and the Struggle for Democracy"

Event Date: 
Thursday, April 13, 2006

Co-Sponsored Event:
"Venezuela and the Struggle for Democracy"

Screening of "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," followed by discussion with Venezuelan Supreme Court Justice Fernando Ramon Vegas Torrealba.

12:30 - 3:30 pm
Physical Sciences Classroom Building 120

As one of the top five oil producing countries in the world, Venezuela - under its current President Hugo Chavez - has been a key figure in the leftward shift in South America in the last few years under what is called the "Bolivarian Revolution."

Who is Hugo Chavez? What is the Bolivarian Revolution? And why has he inspired millions throughout Latin America while at the same time angering the U.S government?

Come watch and listen as we screen the internationally acclaimed documentary "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," which examines the attempted coup de etat against President Chavez in 2002 and the possible involvement of the United States government.

The screening will be followed by a lecture and discussion with Venezuelan Supreme Court Justice, Fernando Ramon Vegas Torrealba, who will be speaking as a judicial expert on the significant democratic reforms occurring in Venezuela as a result of the new 1999 Constitution. He will be providing audiences with a brief historical overview of Venezuela, a Constitutional Comparative analysis of democracy before 1999 and after, and the recently enacted laws helping rebuild democracy in the country.Justice Fernando Ramon Vegas Torrealba was appointed to the Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ) in August 2004, and assumed office on January 2005, where he sits in the Electoral Chamber of the TSJ. The Justice is a published novelist and writes regular columns for newspapers and journals.