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Panel to discuss impact of Chávez regime, April 13

Three leading experts on Venezuela will discuss the national and regional implications of President Hugo Chávez’s rise to power at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13, in 219 Aaron Burr Hall.

Francisco Rodriguez, an assistant professor of economics and Latin American studies at Wesleyan University, will address the question, “Why Did Venezuelan Economic Growth Collapse?” Rodriguez served as chief economist of the Venezuelan National Assembly from 2000 to 2004.

Ricardo Villasmil, a professor at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas, Venezuela, will speak on “Venezuela: Socio-Economic and Political Challenges.” Villasmil is an expert in economics, history and development issues.

Milagros Socorro, an award-winning Venezuelan writer and journalist, will address the topic, “Free Speech Threatened.” Socorro is a political columnist for El Nacional and a visiting professor at the School of Social Communication at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello.

The event is sponsored by the Center for Migration and Development, the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, the Latin American Migration Project and the Program in Latin American Studies. 

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