UK activist, historian and author Tariq Ali at Sydney Ideas
19 June 2007
London-based political campaigner, historian and prolific author Tariq Ali will speak about the political revolution taking place across Latin America and its implications for the Middle East at Sydney Ideas, the University of Sydney's international public lecture series, next Tuesday, 26 June, 2007.
Fresh from a tour of Latin America, the author of Pirates of the Caribbean: Axis of Hope (2006) will discuss how the views of Venezuela's Hugo Chávez - the foremost challenger of American foreign policy - have polarised Latin American.
In his engaging and well-informed style, Ali will discuss his first-hand experience with the political leaders and systems of Latin America and show how Latin America is challenging the "Washington Consensus" of US policies that aim to expand the role of market forces and constrain the role of the state.
Ali's lecture, titled "Latin America and the Arab World: Resistance and Occupation," will take the Sydney Ideas audience through a world divided between privilege and poverty and will show how the situation in Latin America could not be more different to the Arab world. Both Latin America and the Arab world have sparked intense hostility from the West by challenging neoliberalism, but according to Ali, the resistance in the Middle East is divided and without the social vision to unite people.
Tariq Ali will be introduced to the Sydney Ideas stage by Professor Frank Stilwell, Head of Political Economy Discipline at the University of Sydney.
Ali will also appear at the Noosa Longweekend on Friday, 22 June, 2007 and Saturday, 23 June, 2007. More information: http://www.noosalongweekend.com.au.
Sydney Ideas event details:
What: "Latin America and the Arab World: Resistance and Occupation". Tariq Ali at Sydney Ideas, the University of Sydney's international public lecture series.
When: 6.30pm, Tuesday, 26 June, 2007
Where: The Seymour Theatre Centre, Cnr Cleveland St and City Rd, The University of Sydney.
Cost: $20/$15 concession. A limited number of free tickets are available for Sydney University staff and students. (Contact box office for availability.)
Bookings: (02) 9351 7940
For more information: http://www.usyd.edu.au/sydneyideas
Tariq Ali is in Australia as a guest of the Noosa Longweekend.
Tariq Ali is a novelist, historian, political campaigner, film maker and a regular broadcaster on the BBC. He is the author of Pirates of the Caribbean: Axis of Hope (2006), Bush in Babylon (2003) and Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades and Modernity (2002). He is also a contributor to newspapers and journals such as The Guardian and the London Review of Books and an editor and board member of the New Left Review.
Contact: Katrina O'Brien
Phone: 02 9036 7842