Vicente Lecuna of the Universidad Central de Venezuela will discuss his research on Parque Central, a massive residential and commercial complex built in downtown Caracas in the 1970s. Focusing on cultural production such as literature, photography, visual artwork, film, music and theater that relate to or represent Parque Central, Lecuna aims to demonstrate that this particular complex functions as a living symbol of state-sponsored middle-class creation. He argues that Parque Central denies the violence of Caracas' past and current cultural reality. McKinney Conference Room, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street.