Storytelling the Revolution brings together distinguished journalists, historians, and activists who have witnessed, helped narrate, and in some cases personally participated in, Latin America’s revolutionary experiences from 1959 to the present day.
We will consider how the story of revolution in the Americas has been told over the last half century, and how those narratives have been enshrined or contested. Across two days, participants will reconsider the history of the recent history of Cuba, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, and Venezuela and their own roles in shaping the story.
The symposium engages and questions narratives of Cold War, democratization, socialist revolution and civil war and traces the after-lives and ongoing legacy of armed and civil struggle in the hemisphere. As the US and Cuba put an end to their epic standoff, and the hemisphere’s longest-lasting Marxist rebellion - and its last civil war - winds to an end in Colombia, what conclusions do we draw? . How have the storytellers of revolutionary change shaped our political imaginations? How does the idea of revolution persist? What has this history and these acts of telling meant in the American hemisphere? Where do we go from here?
Day 1: Thursday, April 21
9:00 - 9:10 a.m. Welcome by Ana Dopico, Director, King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center
Opening remarks by Jon Lee Anderson, Spring 2016 Andrés Bello Chair in Latin American Cultures and Civilizations
9:10 - 11:30 a.m. Panel 1: Cuba
Carlos Manuel Alvarez, Journalist, El estornudo
Ada Ferrer, Historian, Professor, NYU
Jean-François Fogel, Author, Professor of Journalism, Science Po (Paris)
Ignacio Ramonet, Journalist, Biographer, Director, Le Monde diplomatique en español
Ana Dopico, Cultural Critic, Professor, NYU
12:00 - 2:00 p.m. Panel 2: Colombia
Maria Jimena Duzán, Journalist, Semana
Ernesto Londoño, Journalist, New York Times
Gustavo Petro, Economist, Former Mayor of Bogotá
Lunch (2:00 – 3:00 p.m.)
3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Panel 3: Argentina
Martín Caparrós, Journalist, Author
Gabriel Pasquini, Journalist, Author
David Reiff, Journalist, Author
5:45 - 7:45 p.m. Panel 4: Chile
Miguel Littín, Filmmaker, Novelist
Patricio Fernández, Journalist, Editor of The Clinic
Lina Meruane, Author, Scholar
Day 2: Friday, April 22
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Panel 5: Central America & Mexico
Susan Meiselas, Photojournalist
Carlos Fernando Chamorro, Journalist, Editor of Confidencial
Carlos Dada, Journalist, Founder of El Faro
Horacio Castellanos Moya, Journalist, Novelist
Francisco Goldman, Journalist, Novelist
Jean-Marie Simon, Photojournalist
Blanche Petrich, Journalist, La Jornada
Diego Enrique Osorno, Journalist, Author
Lunch (1:00 – 2:00 p.m.)
2:15 - 4:15 p.m. Panel 6: Venezuela
Richard Gott, Journalist, Historian
Boris Muñoz, Journalist, Author
Tamara Adrián, Activist, Deputy National Assembly of Venezuela
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.General Discussion with Invited Participants
No registration required. Free and open to the public until capacity is reached. Picture ID required.
Simultaneous translation will be provided.
This event will be live streamed (in English) on KJCC website (www.kjcc.org).