Book Tour with author Arnold August

Mar 19, 2014 by

CUBA AND ITS NEIGHBORS; DEMOCRACY IN MOTION

In this groundbreaking book, Arnold August explores Cuba’s unique form of democracy, presenting a detailed and balanced analysis of Cuba’s electoral process and the state’s functioning between elections.
By comparing it with practices in the U.S., Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador, August shows that people’s participation in politics and society is not limited to a singular U.S.-centric understanding of democracy. For example, democracy as practiced in the U.S. is largely non-participatory, static and fixed in time.

Cuba, by contrast, is a laboratory where the process of democratization is continually in motion, an ongoing experiment to create new ways for people to participate. August argues forcefully for the need to develop mutual understanding of different political systems and, in doing so, to not be satisfied with either blanket condemnation or idealistic political illusions, both resulting from a refusal to analyze the actual inner workings of each process.

Monday, April 14, at 7:30PM
St. John’s University, Collegeville
Quad 170
Sponsored by CSB/SJU Global
Awareness Lecture Series

Tuesday, April 15, at 4:00PM
University of Minnesota
Law School book store (West
Bank)

Tuesday, April 15, at 6:30PM
University of Minnesota
Blegen 120 (West Bank)

Wednesday, April 16, at 4:45PM
Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota
Maxim Hall – Davis Court
Sponsored by Latin American
Studies and Hispanic Studies

Wednesday, April 16, at 7:30PM
May Day Bookstore
301 Cedar Ave South, Minneapolis
Sponsored by Minnesota Cuba
Committee

Thursday, April 17, at 7:30PM
Sub-Text Bookstore
165 Western Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota

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