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June 25, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Thursday, June 25 @ 6 PM EDT.  RSVP below for Zoom information!

30 years ago, poor barrio residents in Venezuela arose in a mass rebellion against neoliberalism, ushering in a government that institutionalized the communes already forming organically.  In Building the Commune: Radical Democracy in Venezuela, George Ciccariello Maher travels through Venezuela’s radical experiments in direct democracy and speaks to a broad range of community members, workers, students, and government officials. Today, as struggles against neoliberalism grow internationally, the lessons from these ongoing experiments in radical democracy are as urgent as ever.  Join us for a discussion with George Ciccariello Maher to learn from his research and analysis on the communes that form the base of the Bolivarian Revolution of Venezuela.

For those enrolled in our summer program, this lecture falls under the study block ORGANIZATIONAL THEORY

George Ciccariello-Maher is an organizer, writer, and radical political theorist. He has been Visiting Scholar at the Hemispheric Institute in New York and the Institute of Social Research at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). His first book, a history of revolutionary movements in Venezuela entitled We Created Chávez: A People’s History of the Venezuelan Revolution, was published by Duke University Press in 2013. He recently published a short follow-up on the political dynamics of the post-Chávez era entitled Building the Commune: Radical Democracy in Venezuela (Jacobin-Verso, 2016). His third book, Decolonizing Dialectics, was published in 2017, as the first volume in the Duke University Press book series Radical Américas, which he co-edits with Bruno Bosteels. His dispatches have appeared in The NationJacobinSalonHuffington PostCounterpunchMR ZineZNetVenezuela AnalysisAlternetWarscapes MagazineHistory Workshop OnlineMediaLeftThe SF Bayview, and Wiretap Magazine, and he has written op-eds for Fox News Latino and the Philadelphia Inquirer. His academic articles have appeared or are forthcoming in ConstellationsJournal of French and Francophone PhilosophySouth Atlantic QuarterlyTheory & EventLatin American PerspectivesContemporary Political TheoryQui ParleMonthly ReviewRadical Philosophy ReviewListeningJournal of Black StudiesHuman Architecture, and The Commoner, as well as numerous edited volumes.

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June 25, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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The People’s Forum
320 West 37th Street
New York, NY 10018 United States
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