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The Nicaragua Uprising: Updates, Debates, and Voices in Exile

Event date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018, from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Location: 170 St. George Street, Room 318

The Latin American Studies Program cordially invites you to our last Luncheon Series Lecture of 2018

The Nicaragua Uprising: Updates, Debates, and Voices in Exile
by Dr. Lori Hanson

Abstract of Presentation
Nicaragua, one of Latin America’s lowest income countries, has experienced dictatorship, revolution, neoliberalism and authoritarian populism all in the space of forty years. In April of this year, Nicaraguan university students initiated an uprising against the authoritarian regime of president Daniel Ortega that seemed to hold the possibility to redefine the country. Streets exploded with support for students after the unexpectedly lethal government response to peaceful protests against imposed social security reforms, and the movement quickly grew into a widespread but uneasy national alliance. Despite the opposition and its substantial international support, after months of deepening state repression the restoration of “democracy and justice” in Nicaragua seems distant. As the struggle within Nicaragua wages, activists are forced deeper underground and the numbers of exiles grow. Meanwhile, debates in North America continue to rage between so-called anti-imperialist Ortega supporters and the critical anti-authoritarian left. These debates expose troubling contradictions in twenty-first century internationalism – illustrating the perils of what Rohini Hensman (2018) refers to as ‘indefensible’ anti-imperialism. In this session, long-time Nicaragua solidarity activist-scholar Dr. Lori Hanson will offer an update on the Nicaraguan struggle, highlighting voices from exiled students, and opening a dialogue on what the North American debates reveal about the nature of solidarity today.
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