Venezuelan Ambassador Carlos Vecchio To Visit Texas A&M
Carlos Vecchio, Venezuelan ambassador to the U.S., will visit Texas A&M University for a talk entitled “Venezuela: Fighting Oppression In A Starving Nation” on Tuesday, March 3 at 6 p.m. in Rudder Theatre.
The event will be hosted by MSC Leland T. and Jessie W. Institute for International Awareness, in collaboration with the Venezuelan Student Association.
Moderated by Mathias Poertner, assistant professor of international affairs in the Bush School of Government and Public Service, the discussion will focus on the spiraling economic and political crisis stemming from Nicolás Maduro’s efforts to remain in power.
In 2019, Juan Guaidó, head of parliament, invoked a constitutional article allowing him to assume the presidency on an interim basis until free and fair elections are achieved. Following this recognition, Guaidó appointed Carlos Vecchio as ambassador to the United States. Since his appointment, Vecchio has spread awareness of this growing crisis in the U.S. and other countries to raise support in attempts to restore the democratic process.
“As a native Venezuelan, I consider the visit of Ambassador Carlos Vecchio an outstanding opportunity for Aggies to hear about the struggle of millions of my countrymen from the foremost activist of Venezuela,” said Venancio Levy, president of the Venezuelan Student Association. “It is also a chance for students to clarify their doubts about the Venezuelan crisis and the role that the United States currently plays in the restoration of freedom and democracy. To me it is a great honor to be able to contribute in the efforts of making this event happen at Texas A&M University.”
Levy said the goal of the discussion is to highlight next steps in Venezuelan opposition’s struggle and its relevance to U.S. foreign policy. The discussion will be followed up by an audience Q&A.
Tickets for the program can be purchased from the MSC Box Office or online.
- Venancio Levy and Javier Santana, 979-845-1515.
- Jamie Arrexi, 979-845-1515, firstname.lastname@example.org.