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Date: Thursday, April 12, 2012
Time: Membership Social at 7:30
Program at 8:00 p.m.

Location: Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St. (behind the Visitor's Center) Directions and Map
Access: Open to the public and free for members, students and accompanying family members, educators and active military and their dependents. $10.00 charge for non-members.

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Dr. Javier Corrales

This discussion will address how President Hugo Chavez's illness is changing politics in Venezuela and South America. In Venezuela, the most important change we have seen recently is turmoil within the ruling party, with the prospect of growing unrest as we approach the October 2012 Presidential elections. Elsewhere in Latin America, we are witnessing the decline of Chavez's influence, although this has more to do with sickness in Venezuela's economy rather than Chavez's own illness. Comparisons will be drawn with the Color Revolutions of former Soviet republics and the Arab Spring in some Middle Eastern countries.

Javier Corrales is professor of Political Science at Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts. He obtained his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University. He is the co-author of Dragon in the Tropics: Hugo Chávez and the Political Economy of Revolution in Venezuela (Brookings Institution Press, 2011), the co-editor of The Politics of Sexuality in Latin America: A Reader on GLBT Rights (University of Pittsburgh Press 2010), and author of Presidents Without Parties: the Politics of Economic Reform in Argentina and Venezuela in the 1990s (Penn State University Press 2002). His research has been published in academic journals such as Comparative Politics, World Development, Political Science Quarterly, International Studies Quarterly, World Policy Journal, Latin American Politics and Society, Journal of Democracy, Latin American Research Review, Studies in Comparative International Studies, Current History, and Foreign Policy. He serves on the editorial board of Latin American Politics and Society and Americas Quarterly. In 2009, he was a visiting scholar at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard and a visiting fellow at the Center for Latin American Research at the University of Amsterdam. He is also working on a book manuscript on constitutional reforms in Latin America. In 2005, he was a Fulbright Scholar in Caracas, Venezuela. In 2000, he became one of the youngest scholars ever to be selected as a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. In 2010, he was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to the board of the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities. He also serves on the editorial board of Latin American Politics and Society and Americas Quarterly and he has been a consultant for the World Bank, the United Nations, the Center for Global Development, Freedom House, and the American Academy of Arts and Science.


Sponsor of this Month’s Program - The Eliza Thompson House


The Eliza Thompson House is an exquisite 1847 inn located in historic Savannah. Recommended by Conde Nast Johansens and known for superior service, the inn is just a short walk from Savannah’s best-loved historic attractions. We thank them for their support of our programs.


Dr. Michael Baun Speaks at Windsor Forest High School

As part of his visit to Savannah in February to present his program on the Eurozone and its debt crisis, Dr. Michael Baun agreed to present a shortened version to students at Windsor Forest High School. This was a first for us, and the positive reaction from both Dr. Baun and the students encourages us to continue to set up these exchanges in the future. Stimulating student interest and awareness of world affairs has always been a priority for your SCWA and we are pleased to have identified a new vehicle to achieve this objective.

phoyo- baun at windsor forest

Armstrong Professor Selected as Visiting Scholar

José de Arimatéia da Cruz, an Armstrong associate professor of political science and a member of your SCWA Board, has been selected to be a visiting scholar for the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS), a research center newly created by the faculty of economics and public administration at the University of Economics, Prague. The main focus of the Center is on the economic and regional research of Latin American countries.). He will deliver several lectures on Latin American politics, society, economics and national security in Prague, Czech Republic from April 23 to May 4, 2012.

“This is a great honor to be recognized as a scholar in the field and an honor to be invited to give lectures at the Center for Latin American Studies” da Cruz said. “CLAS collaborates in pedagogical and research activities with similar centers operating both in Latin America and Europe, and it will allow me to collaborate and expand on my research with other Latin American scholars in Europe for a better understanding of the issues impacting the Latin American realm.”


Stanley Haris, former SCWA President, publishes a novel revolving about his life experiences.

"The Practice: What They Don’t Teach You in Law School" is the journey of a southern lawyer with all of its twists, turns, and adventures. It’s much like a tour of the river that winds through the setting of this story, the quintessential southern city of Savannah, spanning five decades of its history as told from the point of view of its protagonist, Gordon Graham, an attorney who helps in his distinctive way to shape it. The book takes readers along as Gordon grows up, navigates the waters of his law education, makes life-directing choices about his career path, and embarks on a series of legal adventures that can, literally, fill a book. Through imagination and humor, Gordon finds that often responsibilities and accomplishments do not only result from preparation and structure but by may be generated by an inner compass, which inspires the subtitle, “What They Don’t Teach You in Law School.” In fact, his wit and innovative thinking wind up being anchors for his ultimate success. Whatever an individual’s course in life, this story provides encouragement and an inspirational scale for satisfaction.

Through the personal journey of Gordon Graham, "The Practice" provides a glimpse into the gaps often left by academia in how to navigate life itself. Graham’s story illustrates the importance of conceptual and imaginative thinking beyond the book learning of law school, whose curricula offered no guidance for managing relationships with colleagues and staff, dealing with practice economics, or attracting clients. The largest void entailed how to achieve a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction beyond the monetary rewards of a professional practice. It’s a void that Graham fills admirably through trial and error (pun intended), offering this neglected edification to others pursuing a career in law (or, really, any profession).