NACLA & Jacobin
SATURDAY June 3rd Session 1: 10:00am - 11:50am
Donald Trump is far from the only right-wing challenge facing the left in the Americas. From Argentina to Mexico, Latin America faces a fierce conservative resurgence as a once seemingly formidable pink tide ebbs and, in some places, enters deep crisis. Over the past several months NACLA (North American Congress on Latin America) and Jacobin have reported on and analyzed the state of the region's left at this critical moment - its current challenges, its missteps in power, and future prospects. In this roundtable, contributors to both publications offer frank assessments of what went wrong and what can - and must - be salvaged in the region as struggles for social justice continue in and out of view, considering especially relations between state and progressive social movements, new forms of conservative reaction, and how the left beyond the region should respond.
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George Ciccariello-Maher is the author of Building the Commune: Radical Democracy in Venezuela and We Created Chávez: A People's History of the Venezuelan Revolution. He is an Associate Professor of Politics and Global Studies at Drexel University, and Visiting Researcher at the Institute for Social Research at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
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Linda Farthing is a journalist and independent scholar who mostly works in Bolivia. Her latest book is Evo’s Bolivia: Continuity and Change, and her latest research report is Bolivia Prison Report: Marginal Progress and Unwieldly Challenges.
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University at Albany, SUNY
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Gabriel Hetland has written about Venezuelan politics for the Nation, NACLA, Qualitative Sociology, and Latin American Perspectives. He is an Assistant Professor of Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies and Sociology at University at Albany, SUNY.
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Thea Riofrancos works on the politics of resource extraction, social movements, and radical democracy in Ecuador, and has published in N+1, Dissent, and Cultural Studies. She is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Providence College
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Alejandro Velasco is the Executive Editor at The NACLA Report on the Americas. He is an Associate Professor at NYU's Gallatin School, and is the author of Barrio Rising: Urban Popular Politics and the Making of Modern Venezuela.
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Left Forum and LA Progressive