Venezuela & 21st Century Socialism

This panel of leading Venezuelan intellectuals discusses the roots of the current efforts to move Venezuela toward a new vision of "21st Century Socialism" and the challenges they have encountered along the way. Moderated by Venezuelan Consul General Carol Delgado.Translation by Michael Hoffman

Luis Bonilla-Molina is a teacher, social science researcher and specialist in public policy education (UNESCO). He holds a Master's Degree in Educational Management and a doctorate in Educational Sciences. Bonilla is a leading Venezuelan intellectual who has written extensively about neo-liberal educational proposals and educational gains of the Bolivarian Revolution. He currently serves as President of the Internatinoal Miranda Center in Caracas, Venezuela (CIM0, is Coordinator of the Venezuelan Society of Comparative Education, and is a member of the organizing committee of the World Education Forum, Venezxuela Theme. Bonilla is the author of 12 publications including two that were published by UNESCO: Comparative Education, Identities, Globalizationand Management, Research and University.

Victor Rodríguez Alvarez is an economist with a Master's Degree in Development Planning and a postgraduate degree in Public Management and Analysis and Management of Science and Technology from the University Carlos III, in Madrid, Spain. Within public management, Alvarez has served as Minister of Basic Industries and Mining, as President of the CVG, Director of PDVSA, President of the Bank for Foreign Trade, and Industry Deputy Minister within the Ministry of Production and Trade. As a professor, he has given several lectures in economics at the Universidad Central de Venezuela and IVEPLAN. He currently works as Researcher at the Centro Internacional Miranda in Caracas, Venezuela.

Miguel Ángel Pérez Pirela is a political philosopher, writer, international analyst, essayist and columnist. He studied Renaissance Philosophy and holds a Post-doctorate in Philosophy from The Sorbonne, a PhD in contemporary political philosophy from the Gregorian University in Rome, specializations and Master's Degrees in political and international studies from The Scuola Internazionale Cooperazione e Sviluppo (Rome) and the Sorbonne, a Bachelor of Philosophy and Letters from the University of Rome III and Gregorian University in Rome. Author of the novel "Pueblo" (Monte Avila Editores-IDEA, 2010) and the works "The Possible State" (Monte Avila Editores-IDEA, 2008), "Profile of the Contemporary Political Philosophical Discussion" (Gregorian University Press, 2005 ) and "The Commitment of the Gods" (Edizioni Associate, 2000). Currently Vice Chairman of the Institute of Advanced Studies (IDEA) and Director of its sociopolitical and cultural area. Chief Editor of the academic journal Journal of Transdisciplinary Studies (RET). Directs the daily television program "Falling and Running" in Venezuela (VTV) and the radio program "Tactics and Strategy" in Radio Nacional de Venezuela (NVR).

Juan Carlos Monedero: PhD in Political Science. Monedero holds a BA in Political Science and Sociology from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and completed his postgraduate work at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. He has been a visiting professor at several universities (Germany, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela). Monedero is a  Professor of Political Science and Administration at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He is author and co-author of several publications on topics ranging from the European Constitution, to 21st Century Socialism, to alternative social and economic systems within Latin America. He is a Professor in the Latin American School of Government, Public Policy and Citizenship at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Luis Bonilla-Molina, Juan Carlos Monedero. Miguel Ángel Pérez Pirela & Victor Rodríguez Alvarez
September 19, 2010

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