Where Does Venezuela Go from Here?
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Where Does Venezuela Go from Here?

Venezuela remains a country in deep instability. With a recent history marked by jarring political, social, and economic events and trends, the country has seen an outflow of more than 4 million people (1 million+ in the last 12 months). Where does Venezuela go from here, and what are the prospects for a true turning point? Join David Smolansky, youngest mayor in the country's history, living in exile since September 2017, for unique insights on the context, realities, and future of Venezuela.

When: Tuesday, December 10, 2019
6:30-8 p.m. (Registration and Reception at 5:45)
Where: Regnier Auditorium at KU Edwards Campus
12600 S. Quivira Rd.
Overland Park, Kansas  66213
United States
Contact: Matthew Hughes

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About the Program

This conversation is the rescheduled program with exiled Venezuelan mayor David Smolansky. If you signed up for the original date of October 3, we kindly ask that you sign up again to help us with planning. Many thanks.

Esta conversación es el evento reprogramado con el alacalde venezolano en exilio David Smolansky. Si ud. se registró para la fecha original del 3 de octubre, le pedimos que por favor se inscriba nuevamente para ayudar nuestra planificación. Muchas gracias.

About the Speaker

David Smolansky is the former mayor of El Hatillo municipality in Caracas, Venezuela. He is currently living in exile and is a visiting scholar at Georgetown University. Smolansky was removed from office by the Maduro administration, disqualified from any public administration role, and has a warrant out for his arrest. He was forced to flee from Venezuela after 35 days in hiding, in which he faced more than 35 checkpoints until he finally reached Brazil. Smolansky is one of the best-known young Venezuelan politicians, and was a vital member of the student movement that defeated Hugo Chávez’s constitutional reform proposal in 2007. Elected as the youngest mayor in Venezuela, his administration decreased kidnapping rates in El Hatillo, making the municipality one of the most secure and transparent in the country. Smolansky is also a founding member and deputy secretary general of Voluntad Popular, one of the main opposition political parties led by Leopoldo López. In 2015, he was recognized by Junior Chamber International as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World. Smolansky also received the Global Impact Award from Georgetown University in 2018. A journalism graduate from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, he holds a master’s degree in political science from the Universidad Simón Bolívar and participated in the Global Competitiveness Leadership Program at Georgetown University.

5:45-6:30 p.m.    Registration and networking reception with light refreshments
6:30-8 p.m.         Facilitated conversation with David Smolansky, followed by audience Q&A

This is a free event, open to the public, though registration is requested to help with planning.

Logistics and Parking
The program will be held in the Regnier Auditorium, which is featured on this campus map. Ample parking is available in surface lots around the KU Edwards Campus.



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William T. Kemper Foundation