[Marxism] 10/9" Che Guevara Behind and Beyond the Icon-Tariq Ali, Juan Gonzalez, Peter Kornbluth

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Viva Che: Behind and Beyond the Icon
A Month Long Series on the 40th Anniversary of the Death of Ernesto
"Che" Guevara

All events at the Brecht Forum
451 West Street
Between Bank and Bethune
A,C,E,1,2,3 to 14th Street

All events are suggested donation $6-$10

Tuesday, October 09
6:30 pm


Viva Che!

Behind & Beyond the Icon
Tariq Ali, Greg Grandin, Peter Kornbluh & Others TBA
6:30: Exhibit Opening & Reception
7:30 pm Forum
Che Guevara, the Argentine-born Cuban revolutionary was murdered in
Bolivia, with the backing of the CIA, 40 years ago this October. A
leader of enormous courage and charisma, Che has become a symbol of
resistance around the world. This evening Brecht Forum opens a series
of events that both celebrate Che's extraordinary achievements and
argue that his stand for international socialist change is as relevant
today as it was during his lifetime.
Suggested donation: $6/$10/$15
Free for Brecht Forum Subscribers

Wednesday, October 17
7:30 pm


Che's Life & Work

Reggie Boorstein, Joseph Harris & Others TBA
When the photographer Alberto Diaz, known more popularly as Korda,
aimed his Leica at Ernesto Guevara in March 1960 he had no idea that
the resulting shot would become a famous and instantly recognizable
iconographic image, appearing the world over on t-shirts, coffee mugs,
key chains, record album covers, lapel buttons, and even Halloween
masks. It's true, because of who he was and what he did, that Che's
natural place in revolutionary history ultimately lies in the
mountains of the Sierra Maestra, or the plains of Congo, or the
altiplano of Bolivia. But beyond the Heroic Guerilla, behind the icon
was a complex and profound individual: an innovative political
thinker, a caring family man, a shrewd strategist, a dedicated
revolutionary who cast his own unique mold. This panel, including some
who knew Che Guevara personally, will take a close look at his
multifaceted life and work.
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Thursday, October 25
7:30 pm


Who Killed Che?

Jane Franklin, Michael Smith & Leonard Weinglass
Our panel will lay out the specifics of what we know about the CIA's
involvement in the murder of Che Guevara and trace the links between
the CIA's actions and continuing attacks on the Cuban Revolution.
Suggested donation: $6/$10/$15
Free for Brecht Forum Subscribers

Tuesday, October 30
7:30 pm


Che's Legacy in Latin America Today

Joaquin Mauricio Chavez, Sujatha Fernandes, Forrest Hylton & Others TBA
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez once remarked that the nineteenth
century was the century of Europe, the twentieth was the century of
the United States, and the twenty-first is to be the century of Latin
America. When Che Guevara and his guerilla column left for Bolivia the
idea was not to wage an armed revolutionary struggle in that country
alone; rather, the project was seen as part of a cohesive strategy
rooted at once in internationalism yet specific to the developing
liberation movements then taking shape throughout Latin America.
Some will take note of the seeming irony that, a generation after the
death of Che, left and progressive governments have taken state power
through the electoral process and not through armed struggle. Yet,
Hugo Chavez maintains that the ongoing upheavals taking place in his
country—are indeed the result of the legacy of Che Guevara. This panel
will examine what Che Guevara has meant to Latin America, and how his
internationalist ideology has continued into the twenty-first century.
Suggested donation: $6/$10/$15
Free for Brecht Forum Subscribers

Monday, November 05
7:30 pm

Che in Africa

Herb Boyd, Joan Gibbs, Joseph Harris, Rosemary Mealy & Others TBA
Africa was a major arena for Ernesto Guevara's work of the early 60's.
Not as well known as his activities in Latin America, Che's actions in
Africa, which culminated in his personal participation in the Congo's
Revolutionary War, forged lasting bonds between the Cuban Revolution
and the Continent.
Che organized and led solidarity missions to many of the newly
independent states which were at that time fighting both colonialism
and neo-colonialism. He was crucial in Cuban military and political
support to several African countries and especially to the fledgling
Algerian Revolution and the early struggle in Angola.
This panel will explore the major contributions of Che to the African
Revolution and His legacy there. A legacy that continues to this day
with the ongoing medical/humanitarian missions Cuba continues to
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