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Revolutionary Venezuelan Politics

George Ciccariello-Maher – writer, radical political theorist and Assistant Professor of Political Science at Drexel University – will discuss the popular revolutionary undercurrents of Venezuelan politics on Friday, Nov. 1.

Ciccariello-Maher’s first book, recently published by Duke University Press (2013), is a history of revolutionary movements in Venezuela, titled “We Created Chávez: A People’s History of the Venezuelan Revolution.”

“George is a rising star in political theory and comparative politics,” says Jodi Dean, professor of political science. “His new book boldly challenges the myth of Chavez as it situates Chavez with a legacy of radical people’s struggles.”

His book “presents a new history of Venezuelan political activism,…[l]ed by leftist guerrillas, women, Afro-Venezuelans, indigenous people, and students…, [and] the dynamic interplay between the Chavez government, revolutionary social movements, and the Venezuelan people.”

Ciccariello-Maher’s second book (forthcoming) is a theoretical analysis of violence and revolutionary identity in French syndicalist Georges Sorel, Black revolutionary Frantz Fanon, and Latin American philosopher of liberation Enrique Dussel titled “Decolonizing Dialectics.

Ciccariello-Maher has taught radical theory and politics at U.C. Berkeley, San Quentin State Prison, and the Venezuelan School of Planning in Caracas. He holds a B.A. in government and economics from St. Lawrence University, a B.A. and M.A. in social and political sciences from St. John’s College, University of Cambridge, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from U.C. Berkeley.

His dispatches, academic articles and translations are widely published and anthologized. He appears and is quoted frequently in the media on subjects ranging from Venezuelan politics to the Occupy Movement, notably Al Jazeera, Fox News Live, CNN Español, Russia Today, National Public Radio, Telemundo, the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and Brazil’s Gazeta do Povoand Correio Braziliense.

Ciccariello-Maher’s talk will be held 1:30 p.m. in the Sanford Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library, and is sponsored by the Political Science Department and Latin America Studies Program.