CC14: Arnold August, “Comparing Democracy and Elections in Cuba, Venezuela and the United States”

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CC14Arnold-AugustEl Instituto de Estudios del Caribe, de la Universidad de Puerto Rico-Río Piedras (UPR-RP), invita a la comunidad universitaria y al público en general a la conferencia “Comparing Democracy and Elections in Cuba, Venezuela and the United States” por Arnold August, periodista, ganador de la Distinción Félix Elmuza (2013) de Cuba, y autor de Cuba and Its Neighbours: Democracy in Motion (2013).  El Dr. José Javier Colón Morera, Departamento de Ciencia Política, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, UPR-RP, comentará la ponencia.  La actividad tendrá lugar el jueves, 6 de marzo, de 1:00 a 3:30 p.m., en el Anfiteatro Manuel Maldonado Denis (CRA 108) del Edificio Carmen Rivera de Alvarado (CRA) de la Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, UPR-RP.

Esta presentación será transmitida en línea EN VIVO en la siguiente dirección:  http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cc71

Se agradecerá el envío de comentarios y sugerencias sobre la transmisión a:  iec.ics@upr.edu

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The Institute of Caribbean Studies, University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras (UPR-RP), invites the academic community and the general public to the lecture “Comparing Democracy and Elections in Cuba, Venezuela and the United States” by Arnold August, journalist, recipient of Cuba’s  Distinción Félix Elmuza (2013), and author of Cuba and Its Neighbours: Democracy in Motion (2013).  Dr. José Javier Colón Morera,  Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, UPR-RP, will comment the lecture.  The activity will be held on Thursday, March 6, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. at the Amphitheatre Manuel Maldonado Denis (CRA 108) of Carmen Rivera de Alvarado (CRA) Building, Faculty of the Social Sciences, UPR-RP.

This lecture will be broadcast LIVE online through the following website: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cc71

Comments and suggestions on this presentation will be very welcome at: iec.ics@upr.edu

The Institute of Caribbean Studies in FACEBOOK

The U.S. approach to democracy and elections is either promoted as the guiding norm for the world or simplistically dismissed as being money-driven. However, its real inner workings are exposed in this lecture through an original case study of Barack Obama. In different circumstances, Cuba has chosen another path to democracy and elections. Its initial stages, spearheaded by José Martí and others, can be traced back to the second half of the 19th century. The innovative 1959 armed revolution is a continuation of this, thus demonstrating Cuba’s capacity to renew itself. The Venezuela Bolivarian Revolution has been experimenting with yet another route to democracy since the 1998 elections.

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