Special Interest

Venezuela To Open Panel Discussion On Political and Socioeconomic Crisis

The Institute for the Humanities at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Latin American and Caribbean studies program at Northwestern University have announced the launching of a panel discussion entitled “Crisis in Venezuela: Historical Perspectives and Potential Solutions.”

The University of Illinois at Chicago Student Center East where the panel discussion will be held.


The panel discussion will be held on 1 March 2018 at the UIC Student Center East in Chicago. The discussion will focus on the South American nation’s challenging current affairs and the possibility of a political solution.

Following the death of President Hugo Chávez in 2013 and the fall of international oil prices, a major political and socioeconomic crisis ensued in Venezuela. The conflict between the government of President Nicolás Maduro, who is Chávez’s successor, the independent Chavista sectors, opposition movements, and U.S.-backed conservative elites over issues concerning democratic rule and national sovereignty continue to unfold.

In response, three scholars of Venezuela, Verónica Zubillaga of Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas; Alejandro Velasco of New York University; and David Smilde of Tulane University, will discuss the origins and potential outcomes of the ongoing political crisis in Venezuela.

The co-sponsors of the event include the Northwestern University’s history department, Chabraja Center for Historical Studies, Latin American and Caribbean studies program, and the Buffett Institute for Global Studies; UIC’s Institute for the Humanities, Imagining Peace in the 21st Century Working Group, and departments of history, Latin American and Latino studies, and urban planning and policy; and the University of Chicago’s Center for Latin American Studies.