Venezuela: The Never-ending Revolution

Event Details

The Never-ending Revolution
January 20, 2020

Professor Ruxandra Guidi
Assistant professor of practice
School of Journalism
University of Arizona

Presented by
Tucson Great Decisions Association

After the 18th Century revolution to win independence from Spain, Venezuela held great promise of economic prosperity from its rich petroleum resources. However, with the dynamic of disparate social classes and widely uneven distribution of wealth, it has chronically suffered periods of instability, exploited by outside meddling, which continues into the present. Professor Ruxandra Guidi  was born in Caracas and lived in Venezuela until age 14 when she came to the United States, leaving part of her family behind. She knows first-hand the promise and disappointment that the revolution in Venezuela has delivered. She will trace the historical events as they intertwined with her personal experience as the Chávez and Maduro regimes drastically changed life in Venezuela.

After earning a Master Degree in Journalism from U.C. Berkeley in 2003, she has worked as a reporter, editor, and producer for NPR’s Latino USA, other public radio programs, magazines, podcasts, and multimedia, and she has reported throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Mexico and the U.S.-Mexico border region. She’s also worked extensively throughout South America, having been a freelance foreign correspondent based in Bolivia (2007-2009) and Ecuador (2014-2016).

In 2018, she was awarded the Susan Tifft Fellowship for women in documentary and journalism by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.


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