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In the 1960s and 1970s, Venezuela (or the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela) was one of the richest countries in Latin America and one of its most stable democracies. In areas such as education, economics and cultural production it was prosperous and innovative, but in the early 1980s, things began to fall apart.
Today, Venezuela is a country in crisis, with spreading hunger, people dying for lack of medicine, increasing homicide rates, corruption and human rights violations.
How has this happened? This will be the focus of the presentation by Eduardo Caro Melendez, faculty member and course coordinator in Spanish, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts on Arizona State University's Downtown Phoenix campus.
This event kicks off the spring portion of the ASU Humanities Lecture Series, coordinated each year by the faculty of Languages and Cultures in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts.