Event Date: Tuesday February 23, 2010
Time: 4:00PM to 6:00PM
Location: CGIS Building, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, 1737 Cambridge Street, Third Floor, N-354

“Understanding Chavez”

with

Boris Munoz, Editor in Chief, Exceso Magazine and Nieman Fellow

and

Leonardo Vivas, Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights at the Kennedy School of Government.

Date: February 23, 2010

Time: 4-6 PM

Where: CGIS Building, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs,

1737 Cambridge Street, Third Floor, N-354*, Cambridge MA

Contact Chair: Donna Hicks (dhicks@wcfia.harvard.edu).

*Please note the location of this seminar is different from the normal room.

Speaker Bios

Boris Muñoz is a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard.

He is a Venezuelan journalist and Ph.D in Hispanic American Literature.  Author of several books, including La ley de la calle (The Law of the Streets), testimonios de jóvenes protagonistas de la violencia en Caracas (Fundarte,1995) and Despachos del imperio (Dispatches from the Empire) (Random House 2008), and co-editor  with Silvia Spitta of Más allá de la ciudad letrada. Crónicas y espacios urbanos (Beyond the Lettered City) (University of Pittsburg Press, 2003). In 2000 he received the Fellowship of the Humanities Institute at Dartmouth College and the First Accésit of the Premio Internacional de Periodismo Fernando Lázaro Carreter in Madrid. He was and Editor-in-Chief of Nueva Sociedad and Editorial Director of Exceso magazine. He contributes regularly to Gatopardo magazine, and Prodavinci.com.

Professor Leonardo Vivas is a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights.

Prof. Vivas has been a member of the institute for two years. He is a Sociologist from Central University in his native Venezuela. He has published two books about Venezuela’s political crises and co-edited another about grass roots management. In the US, Leonardo has been a fellow and associate researcher at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. He is also founder and Executive Director of Latin Roots, an organization dedicated to improving the understanding of Latino Culture and helping Latino students achieve better educational records in an attempts to further the positive integration of Latino culture into society. He has been a Lecturer at Tufts University, where he has taught a course about the Chavez Era in Venezuela and is now lecturing at University of Massachusetts Lowell. He is also devoted to advocating for democracy in Venezuela, mainly through the Boston-based organization VENERED. Prof. Vivas has also published several articles at the Fletcher Forum of World Affairs about Venezuela and is finishing a forthcoming book provisionally titled, “The Republican Monarch, Venezuela’s Journey away from Democracy.”

About the Herbert C. Kelman Seminar Series

The 2009-2010 Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution series is sponsored by the Program on Negotiation, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism, the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy, The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program, as well as Boston area members of the Alliance for Peacebuilding. The theme for this year’s Kelman Seminar is “Reconciliation: Coming together after the shooting stops”

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