Pablo Abufom to Deliver Lecture on Latin American Politics The Chilean activist’s talk will be held Feb. 12 at 5 p.m.
Pablo Abufom, a Chilean philosopher and political activist, will deliver a lecture titled “What can we learn from current Chilean politics?” at Washington and Lee University on Monday, Feb. 12, at 5 p.m. in Northen Auditorium in Leyburn Library.
The lecture is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the university’s Department of History, Department of Politics, Latin American and Caribbean Studies program and Environmental Studies program.
Abofum’s visit to W&L is his second stop on a multi-campus speaking tour; he will speak at Cornell University next. “Professors from many institutions have invited him to speak on campus because of his active role in Chile’s social movements, and the way he can speak to how those movements relate and negotiate with the political moment from a regional and transnational perspective,” said Romina Green, assistant professor of history at W&L.
During his visit, Abufom will also meet with members of W&L student organizations Comunidad Latina Estudiantil and People for Justice in Palestine.
As a Chilean-Palestinian, Abufom represents the Palestinian diaspora in Chile, which is the largest outside of the Middle East. In his talk, he will explore current Latin American political development from a transnational perspective. He will examine Chile’s recent constitutional processes in 2022 and 2023, the wave of Latin American revolts from 2018-2023, the rise of the far right political movement in the Americas since 2016, and Latin America’s response to Israel’s war against Gaza, and discuss how to find strategic lessons from these situations.
Abufom is a member of Movimiento Solidaridad in Chile, an editor of “Posiciones, Revista de Debate Estratégico,” and part of the editorial collective of “Jacobin América Latina.” He received his master’s degree in philosophy from the Universidad de Chile.