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November 9, 2007
CONTACT: Amy Lunday

Venezuelan Ambassador to Speak at Johns Hopkins Nov. 20

Bernardo Alvarez Herrera, ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States, will speak about proposed constitutional reforms and their potential impact at 7 p.m., on Tuesday, Nov. 20, in Hodson Hall, Room 110, on the Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore.

Ambassador Alvarez will discuss a package of constitutional reforms that would alter 69 articles of the 1999 Constitution of Venezuela. If voters approve the reforms in a national referendum in December, they will — among other things — extend government benefits to informal sector workers, shorten the work week to 36 hours, give government funding to local communal councils, ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, lower the voting age to 16 and permit continual presidential reelection.

The talk will provide an opportunity to hear a firsthand account of political changes taking place in Venezuela and their significance abroad. A bio of Ambassador Alvarez is available online at www.embavenez-us.org/?pagina=pag_ambassadors_

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Eduardo Gonzalez of Johns Hopkins at 410-516-4615, eduardo.gonzalez@jhu.edu.