Venezuela in Crisis: Where Do We Go From Here? A Conversation between Venezuelan Human Rights Activist Gonzalo Himiob Santomé and Joanna Hausmann, Venezuelan-American Actress and Comedian

Conversation on the Status and Outlook for Democracy in Venezuela

Tuesday, October 22, 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Room I202, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street


A wide-ranging conversation between Gonzalo Himiob Santomé, acclaimed Venezuelan human rights attorney, author and recipient of the 2019 Civil Courage Prize, and Joanna Hausmann, Venezuelan-American actress and comedian, about the status of democracy in Venezuela, the regime of Nicolás Maduro, and what civic institutions need to support change.

Louis Bickford, a trustee of the Train Foundation, will moderate the discussion.


Gonzalo Himiob Santomé is an acclaimed Venezuelan human rights activist, lawyer, writer, and poet. He is a founder of the human rights organization Foro Penal, has been a defense attorney in numerous cases of political persecution in Venezuela, and was the writer and promoter of the "Amnesty and Political Reconciliation Law" presented to the Venezuelan Congress in 2007, 2009 and 2011.

Joanna Hausmann is a Venezuelan-American comedian, writer and actor who gained popularity through her videos on YouTube and as lead writer/talent on Univision's bilingual digital platform "Flama".  Her viral creations have garnered over 70 million views and have been featured in places like CNN, The Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, NPR, and the BBC. Her work won her "Best Comedian" and "Creator of the Year" in Hispanicize's 2016 Tecla awards, and the 2018 award for “Best Online Storyteller” from the National Hispanic Media Coalition.


October 22, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.


Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Room I202, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street


This event is free and open to the public. Please register for the event on Eventbrite.

Members of the media should RSVP with Amy Malsin at or 646.909.3094 or Merrie Snead at or 646.909.4684.

Presented by the Train Foundation and co-sponsored by the Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs at The New School.

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Amy Malsin
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Merrie Snead

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