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The Lure of Socialism: Lessons from Venezuela

April 23, 2020

35 W 44th St

New York, NY 10036, USA


Do you like to think critically about the ideas and issues that impact a free society? Are you eager to connect with fellow TFAS alumni who are influential leaders passionate about creating a brighter and more prosperous future? If so, TFAS invites you to join us for a discussion of “The Lure of Socialism: Lessons from Venezuela” in New York City on April 23, 2020.

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TFAS professor Dr. C. Bradley Thompson and Venezuelan exile Andrés Guilarte will headline the evening’s talk on the deceiving promises of socialism and the real-life impact of socialist policies. A networking reception will follow the speakers’ remarks for alumni to continue the discussion and connect with fellow peer leaders.

Dr. C. Bradley Thompson and Andrés Guilarte will discuss “The Lure of Socialism: Lessons from Venezuela” during a TFAS NYC Alumni Lecture on April 23. See photos and video from our January NYC Alumni lecture. 

Dr. Thompson is the BB&T Research Professor in the department of political science at Clemson University and the executive director of the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism. He teaches Political Theory and American Studies in the TFAS Santiago program in Chile. He has published six books, including his most recent, “America’s Revolutionary Mind,” and the award-winning “John Adams and the Spirit of Liberty.”

Andrés Guilarte is a political activist for the freedom of Venezuela. Only a few years ago, he was a university student, studying international relations at the Central University of Venezuela. On top of exams and typical college student concerns, his studies were interrupted by tear gas as government officials targeted students on campus. He spent his college years advocating for his fellow students and fighting back against the rise of tyranny and erosion of freedoms. Now, TFAS is sending him on a campus tour across the United States to share his eyewitness perspectives of how his country completely collapsed.


April 23, 2020

Harvard Club
35 West 44th Street
New York, New York 10036

Presentation 6 p.m.  •  Reception 7 p.m.

Dress is Business


Discounted parking is available at Icon Parking, 1114 Avenue of the Americas on 43rd between 5th and 6th Avenues.


To join us, RSVP by 5 p.m. ET on April 17, 2020. If you have any questions, contact TFAS Special Events Director Jane Mack at jmack@TFAS.org or 202.986.0384. We look forward to seeing you there! 

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The event is part of the “Liberty + the Future: TFAS NYC Alumni Lecture Series,” a quarterly educational and networking event exclusively available to alumni and friends. The series is made possible by the generous support of the Achelis and Bodman Foundation. Visit TFAS.org/NYCALS to learn more and to see future lecture series dates.

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