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October 8, 2012
 

Speaker will discuss Cuban Literacy Campaign

WAUKESHA, WIS.— On Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, the documentary film "Maestra" by Catherine Murphy will be shown at Carroll University. Norma Guillard of the University of Havana will provide commentary. This event is at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center Oak Room, 101 N. East Ave., Waukesha. It is free and open to the public.

"Maestra" ("Teacher") focuses on the Cuban literacy campaigns of the Fidel Castro years. In 1961, 250,000 volunteers taught 700,000 people to read and write in one year. More than half of these teachers were women, and 100,000 were younger than 18 years old. Murphy's documentary shares the personal testimonies of these young women who taught literacy in rural communities across the island—and found themselves deeply transformed in the process.

Guillard, who is featured in the film, will provide follow-up discussion. She was 15 when she joined the Cuban Literacy Campaign, and today is a social psychologist, activist and adjunct professor.

This event is co-sponsored by Carroll's Modern Languages and Literatures program, Education Department, College of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Office of Student Affairs, and The Waukesha Literacy Council.

For more information, contact Elena De Costa, associate professor of Spanish, at edecosta@carrollu.edu.

 
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