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The Legacy of Hugo Chavez Print E-mail

The School of Political Studies of the University of Ottawa, the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Canada, and Territorio Libre present:

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


Guest speakers: Michel Chossudovsky, Economist, Professor (Emeritus) at the University of Ottawa; and 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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Parking is available on campus.

 

 

 
Race & Revolution: Lessons from Cuba Print E-mail

 

Discussing the significance of Esteban Morales's Race in Cuba: Essays on the Revolution and Racial Inequality

7 pm, Friday, May 17th, 2013
A Different Booklist
746 Bathurst Street

Keith Ellis (Professor Emeritus, York University, renowned Cuba specialist and among many other works author of the most complete English translation of the poems of José Martí)  & Isaac Saney (scholar on Cuba and Black Canadian history and currently working on the book "From Soweto to Cuito Cuanavale: Cuba, the War in Angola & Southern African Liberation') will discuss the significance of Race in Cuba: Essays on the Revolution and Racial Inequality by Esteban Morales Domínguez

Esteban Morales is one of Cuba’s most prominent Afro-Cuban intellectuals and its leading authority on the race question. Available for the first time in English, the essays collected here describe the problem of racial inequality in Cuba, provide evidence of its existence, constructively criticize efforts by the Cuban political leadership to end discrimination, and point to a possible way forward. Morales surveys the major advancements in race relations that occurred as a result of the revolution, but does not ignore continuing signs of inequality and discrimination. Instead, he argues that the revolution must be an ongoing process and that to truly transform society it must continue to confront the question of race in Cuba.

Cuba is now engaged in broad and profound debate on race. Ellis & Saney will address why Cuba has exercised such a profound hold and influence on the worldwide Black struggle for equality, freedom and self-determination. Examining the more than 54-year history of the Cuba Revolution (encompassing its successes and setbacks, twists and turns),  They will discuss the meaning and relevance of Cuba for present-day struggles and imaginings of a world centred on social justice, human dignity and genuine emancipation.

 


 

Esteban Morales Domínguez (born in Matanzas, Cuba, 1942) has been an active participant in the Cuban revolutionary project for the past fifty years and is one of Cuba’s most prominent Afro-Cuban intellectuals. He is a member of the Cuban Academy of Sciences, has held numerous academic posts, and has been awarded three times by both the Cuban Academy of Sciences and the Ministry of Higher Education. He is the principal or co-author of fifteen books and has published more than a hundred theoretical articles; his 2007 book, Desafios de la problemáticas racial en Cuba (Challenges of the Racial Question in Cuba) was the first book-length academic publication on this subject by a scholar based in Cuba since the 1959 revolution.The revolutionaries, Morales understood, sought to establish a more just and egalitarian society. But Morales, an Afro-Cuban, knew that the complicated question of race could not be ignored, or simply willed away in a post-revolutionary context. Today, he is one of Cuba’s most prominent Afro-Cuban intellectuals and its leading authority on the race question.

 

 
CANADIAN CUBAN FRIENDSHIP ASSOCIATION (CCFA) IN CALGARY Print E-mail

"Continue the feat"


Do you want to know the truth about CUBA and VENEZUELA

Not the International Media Campaign against these countries?

Come to the conference (In English)

 

From Cuba: SANDRA RAMIREZ RODRIGUEZ, ICAP Rep. for Canada (Friendship Institute with the Peoples)

From Venezuela: MERLI VANEGAS Venezuelan Consul in Vancouver

 

Date: Saturday, May 25th 2013

Time: 6:00 pm

Place: Chilean Canadian Community Association of Calgary.

519 - 4774 Westwinds Dr. N.E

Donation: $5.00

 

SALE OF DELICIOUS CHILEAN TREATS & DRINKS AND AFTER CONFERENCE PARTY (CUBAN MUSIC)

 
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