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Press Release / Calendar Announcement: January 24, 2014
Canadian Speaker on Democracy in U.S., Cuba & Venezuela
Is it true that there is no democracy in socialist Cuba? How does the current U.S. electoral democracy compare to democracies in progressive democratic revolutions in Latin America, such as Venezuela? Canadian social scientist Arnold August has just released his second book length study on how democratic processes work in Cuba, with comparisons to the U.S. and South American countries such as Venezuela, and he will discuss his findings on Thursday, February 6, 2014, at 7:00pm in UWM's Bolton Hall 150, just north of the UWM Union at 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee. The talk is free and open to the public.
The Montreal based author is visiting Milwaukee as part of an academic tour of his latest book, "Cuba and its Neighbors: Democracy in Motion." Addressing both political theory and practice, and based on more than 20 years of original research in Cuba, the book has been hailed in international academic reviews as "forcing readers to expand their horizons and modify expectations of democracy." Former UWM Professor and award winning author of 48 books on the Americas, Dr. James Cockcroft hailed August's latest work: "Finally a book that explains in depth Cuba's dynamic imperfect democracy and socialist system, while helping us understand its accomplishments."
The domination of money on today's polarized political reality in the U.S. within a two party framework invites a review of how both electoral and participatory democracy is practiced elsewhere, and August's presentation is sure to raise many questions and challenge stereotypes. An open question and answer discussion period will follow his presentation.
Sponsors include the Wisconsin Coalition to Normalize Relations with Cuba, www.wicuba.org; Peace Action - WI, www.peaceactionwi.org; Latin America Solidarity Committee; and Move to Amend of S.E. Wisconsin, movetoamend.org/milwaukee/wisconsin. For more information, contact the Wisconsin Coalition to Normalize Relations with Cuba (414) 273-1040, www.wicuba.org, email: email@example.com.
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