Venezuela’s Polarization under Chávez Focus of Next UC2 Event

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Venezuela’s Polarization under Chávez Focus of Next UC2 Event

(March 11, 2011) – How has Venezuela changed since Hugo Chávez became president? Find out about Venezuelan politics at the next University Community Conversation (UC2) event. Sociology Professor Augusto De Venanzi will present, “Conflicting Understandings of Democracy: Political Polarization in Venezuela under President Chávez,” Thursday, March 24 at noon in Kettler Hall, Room G46. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Since Hugo Chávez’s rise to the presidency, Venezuela has become a deeply divided country. This polarization has expressed itself in
violent forms of political fanaticism. De Venanzi will explore why the country is so politically polarized and what democracy means there.

De Venanzi was born in Caracas, Venezuela and taught at the Central University of Venezuela. He has served as a consultant for the United
Nations. He has written numerous publications on issues of poverty, marginalization, and social policy that have appeared around the world.

His article “The Concept of Poverty in Latin American Sociology: The Case of Venezuela” won the Outstanding Research Award from Central University of Venezuela in 1999.

UC2 is a new community engagement program sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences. The inaugural year’s theme is “The Promise and Problems of Democracy.” UC2 will feature monthly events throughout 2011 featuring a balance of university and community speakers and presenters. The program will incorporate the latest digital resources and social media to initiate, expand, and sustain community conversations.

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