Almost twenty years before populism made the European and American scene, Hugo Chávez won elections to become president of Venezuela democratically. Enrique Altimari, a dissident and critic of his native Venezuela, will explore the downfall of the Venezuelan democracy and will describe the coordinates of the regime’s ideology. He will focus on lessons learned from the process and warn against the use of reductive ideologies and populist-messianic politics.
The CAS Symposium Against Indifference, in collaboration with the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation and the Ashbrook Center, host this series of the following events designed to inform and create awareness about the tyranny of communism.
• A viewing and panel discussion of The Lives of Others, an Oscar Winning Film about a member of the East German Secret Police who conducts surveillance on a writer and an actress.
• A lecture on Czech dissidents under the Soviet Union’s Satellite State of Czechoslovakia by Dr. Flagg Taylor, an expert on Totalitarianism.
• Talks by two victims of communism:
• Grace Jo who escaped the horrors of North Korea
• Enrique Altimari, an advocate for the Venezuelan Republic and a vocal critic of the Socialist Party’s rule under Chávez and Maduro
Monday, March 23, 2020 - 7:00pm