Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Cost: Free
Michael Taylor Michael.Taylor@wwu.edu (360) 650-3097 Event Categories:
Professor A. Ricardo López-Pedreros of WWU’s History Department will provide an overview of his new book on the changing nature of democracy in 20th-century Colombia. He will explore how the Colombian middle class created a model of democracy based on free-market ideologies, private property rights, material inequality, and an emphasis on a masculine work culture. By highlighting the contested relationships between class, gender, economics, and politics, López-Pedreros theorizes democracy as a historically unstable practice that exacerbated multiple forms of domination, thereby prompting a rethinking of the formation of democracies throughout the Americas. López-Pedreros is Associate Professor of History at WWU. He is author of “Makers of Democracy: A Transnational History of the Middle Classes in Colombia.” This talk is offered as part of the Western Libraries Reading Series, dedicated to showcasing the scholarly and creative work of faculty and staff.