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Greater Caribbean Center Brown Bag Series – Venezuela: The Ruin and Reclamation of Democracy

January 26, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join the Greater Caribbean Center in its new Brown Bag Series. The first lecture, entitled “Venezuela: The Ruin and Reclamation of Democracy,” will be given by Prof. Allan R. Brewer-Carías. The lecture will be followed by a discussion moderated by Prof. Paul Lagunes.

The talk will be based on a new book by Professor Allan R. Brewer-Carias, entitled “La Ruina de la Democracia.” The book collects various constitutional chronic regarding the most important political and institutional developments in Venezuela in 2015.

Allan R. Brewer-Carías is a well-known Venezuelan jurist, academic and intellectual, who has also been a senator, minister and a member of the National Constitutional Assembly in 1999.  He holds a Juris Doctor (summa cum laude) from the Universidad Central de Venezuela.   He has been a Professor at Universidad Central de Venezuelasince 1963, and has held research and teaching positions at various universities around the globe including Cambridge University, University of Paris II, Universidades del Rosario y Externado in Bogotá, Colombia, UNAM, UT Austin, and Columbia University’s School of Law.  In 1981 he was awarded the National Science Award of Venezuela.

Paul Lagunes is an Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. His research focuses on corruption, especially as it affects subnational governments in the Americas. He has published articles in Latin American Research Review, Political Psychology, Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy, Politics & Policy, and Journal of Social Issues, among other outlets. Lagunes is also the co-editor with Susan Rose-Ackerman of Greed, Corruption, and the Modern State: Essays in Political Economy (forthcoming).

 * Talk in Spanish; discussion in Spanish and English.


January 26, 2016
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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