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A People's History of Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution

February 17, 2011

The College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Seminar Series presents

“A People's History of Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution”

A lecture by Dr. George Ciccariello-Maher,

Assistant Professor of Political Science  

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Disque Hall, Room 109

people's history

Too often, we tell the story of politics from the top-down, and this is especially true when it comes to contemporary Venezuela. Critics from across the political spectrum seem to agree that the political process in Venezuela is about one thing and one thing alone: Hugo Chávez. Ciccariello-Maher’s research seeks to invert this picture by retelling recent Venezuelan history through a very different lens: that of revolutionary social movements. Such a perspective, a “people’s history” in the now-popular phrase of Howard Zinn, can shed considerable light on our understanding of the present, and helps us to reformulate our understanding of the relationship between social movements and the state, and in so doing, to rethink our concept of power itself.

Ciccariello-Maher, who joined the College of Arts and Sciences in September 2010, completed his Ph.D. in political science at the University of California at Berkeley, with an emphasis on political theory and Latin American social movements. He is currently completing a book on the history of revolutionary movements in Venezuela since 1958, entitled We Created Him: A People’s History of the Bolivarian Revolution. He writes on subjects ranging from traditional to “decolonial” political theory, race and colonization, Latin American politics and social movements, and the hip-hop phenomenon, and is an avid translator of Latin American political theory. His academic work has appeared in such publications as Theory & Event, Radical Philosophy Review, Qui Parle, and Journal of Black Studies, among others. His analytical journalism has appeared in such outlets as Counterpunch, The SF Bayview, MRZine, and Venezuela Analysis, and he has appeared on Al-Jazeera, NationalPublic Radio, and Public Radio International.

This event is free and open to the Drexel community. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, please contact Bailey Adams,