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The Changing Andes: Peru and Venezuela in Perspective

SEP 23, 2011 | 4:00 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


September 23, 2011: 4:00 PM




Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies


The Peruvian Left in Perspective      
José L. Renique

Lehman College and The Graduate Center

Sintonías y Divergencias en las Políticas Exteriores de los 
íses Andinos 
Ambassador Harry Belevan-McBride


Corruption and Recent Political and Policy Issues in Peru, 
Alfonso Quiroz

Baruch College and The Graduate Center

Update on Venezuela 
Leonardo Vivas

Coordinator of the Latin American Initiative
The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard University

Mauricio Font
Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies

About the Panel

José Luis Renique graduated from the Universidad Católica del Perú in Lima and later earned a Ph.D. in History at Columbia University in 1987. He has taught at the University of Illinois in Urbana/ Champaign, NYU and Columbia University and is currently in the Department of History, Lehman College and the Ph.D. Program in History at Graduate Center.

Harry Belevan-McBride is a Peruvian writer who has published a dozen books in Spain, Peru and other countries in the genres of short stories, novels, essays and drama.Literary critic Ricardo González Vigil refers to Belevan-McBride as on of the most lucidand fervent worshipers of fantastic literature. Several dissertations have been written about his work and some of his books have been translated into several languages.Belevan is also a diplomat, having served in various posts in countries of the Americasand Europe in the past 40 years, among them Portugal, Slovenia, Bolivia, Austria, Slovakia and Monaco. He has just finished serving as ambassador in France andUNESCO. He currently serves as Rector of the "Academia Diplomática del Perú Javier Pérez de Cuéllar."

Alfonso W. Quiroz specializes in Latin American, Caribbean, and world history, with an emphasis on economic history and policies. He received his B.A. in history from the Universidad Católica in Lima and an M.A. (1981), M.Phil. (1983), and Ph.D. (1986) from Columbia University. He joined the history department of Baruch College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, in 1986.

Leonardo Vivas is Coordinator of the Latin American Initiative of The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University. He is a Sociologist from Central University in Venezuela, with an M.Phil from University of Sussex, UK, and a Ph.D from Nanterre Université in Paris. He currently teaches Latin American Politics at UMass-Lowell. He founded and for several years has led Latin Roots, an organization devoted to Latino Culture and Education in Massachusetts. Leonardo has been a fellow and associate researcher at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. At Tufts University he taught a course about the Chavez Era in Venezuela. In Venezuela he was Director of Industry in the Development Ministry and founder of several nonprofit organizations. Professor Vivas has published two books about Venezuela's political crises and co-edited another about grass roots management. He writes for the media both in the Boston area and in Venezuela.