Dr. Alejandro Velasco of New York University will speak at an Instant Issues brown bag lunchtime discussion series event at noon on Friday, February 15, 2019 in the 3rd Floor Community Room, the MassLive Building at 1350 Main Street, in downtown Springfield on Oil, Socialism and Crisis in Venezuela.
The cost with a box lunch–tuna, turkey, vegetarian or roast beef sandwich–is $20 for Council members and $25 for nonmembers. The cost for members without a lunch is $5 and for nonmembers, $10.
The RSVP deadline is Thursday, February 13, 2019.
Alejandro Velasco is a historian of modern Latin America whose research and teaching interests are in the areas of social movements, urban culture and democratization. His book, Barrio Rising: Urban Popular Politics and the Making of Modern Venezuela (University of California Press, 2015), couples archival and ethnographic research to examine how residents of Venezuela’s largest public housing community pursued full citizenship during the heyday of Latin America’s once-model democracy.
Dr. Velasco will have recently returned from Venezuela when he speaks to us.
The Instant Issues series is generously sponsored by Wilbraham & Monson Academy & Sir Speedy. Special thanks to NAI Plotkin and 1350 Main LLC.
Valet parking is now provided by the MassLive Building. Rates are $2 for the first 20 minutes, $4 for 20 minutes to 2 hours, and $2 per each additional hour. The parking station is on City Hall Place, around the corner from Court Street, between City Hall and 1350 Main Street. Currently the Council does not validate parking.
MA State Senator Eric Lesser & Bay Path’s Joshua Weiss to Discuss Negotiation in Current Political Climate
The World Affairs Council will present State Senator Eric Lesser in conversation with Dr. Joshua Weiss , program director for Bay Path’s Master of Science in Leadership and Negotiation, at an Instant Issues After Hours event on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 5:30 p.m at Merriam-Webster, Inc. 47 Federal Street in Springfield on Leadership & Negotiation Challenges in the World of Politics: International Relations Edition.
Please RSVP by Friday, January 25. The cost is $5 for Council members and $10 for non-members. Light refreshments will be provided. Plentiful free parking is available in the lot adjacent to the building. Please enter through the front door.
Eric P. Lesser was first elected to the Massachusetts Senate on November 4, 2014. He represents nine communities in the First Hampden & Hampshire District, proudly serving Western Massachusetts as one of the youngest members of the State Senate. During his first term in office, Senator Lesser helped pass significant new laws related to substance abuse treatment and prevention, job training, and promotion of tourism and the arts. Prior to becoming a state Senator, Lesser worked in the Obama White House, first as Special Assistant to Senior Adviser David Axelrod, and later as Director of Strategic Planning for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. Lesser began as an aide on President Obama’s historic 2008 presidential campaign, traveling to 47 states and six countries with then-Senator Obama and his senior team. Lesser has been described as “the face of the promised Obama political generation” by the New York Times.
Dr. Joshua N. Weiss is the program director for Bay Path University’s Master of Science in Leadership and Negotiation. He is a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Negotiation Project (HNP), a subsidiary of Harvard University’s Program on Negotiation—a consortium comprised of faculty, staff, and students from Harvard, MIT, and Tufts University. Weiss is also the co-founder of the Global Negotiation Initiative at the HNP. In addition, Dr. Weiss is the founder of Negotiation Works, Inc., consulting for a number of Fortune 500 companies, the United Nations, and the U.S. Government. He delivers negotiation and mediation training and courses and is tasked with negotiation and mediation at the organizational, corporate, government, and international levels. He also serves as a member of the World Affairs Council’s Board of Directors.
Special thanks to NAI/Plotkin and1350 Main Street LLC.