MAESTRA Film & Discussion on the Cuban Literacy Campaign

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Featuring visiting Cuban education scholar, Dr. Felipe Perez Cruz

Date & Time:

Thursday, May 5, 2016
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM


Free and Open to the Public


Murray-Herrick Center, Room 205 (Building #6 on Campus Map)

In 1961, over 350,000 young Cubans, the majority of whome were women, volunteered for the National Literacy Campaign. Despite the Bay of Pigs invasion, launched during the Campaign, Cuban youth were able to reduce the nation's literacy rate to less than 4% in one year.

In addition to the film screening of Maestra, visiting Cuban education scholar Dr. Felipe Perez Cruz will offer a lecture highlighting key points of the film. Cruz is a full professor at the University of Pedagogical Studies in Havana, Cuba. He is also the author of "40 Years from Education as the Practice of Freedom," which examines the relationship between Cuban Pedagogy, particularly that of the Literacy Campaign, and the literacy pedagogy of the Brazilian Paulo Freire.

Light snacks will be served prior to this event, from 5:00-5:30pm.

This event is sponsored by the following programs of the University of St. Thomas: Center for Faculty Development, Leadership, Policy & Administration, Modern & Classical Languages, International Leadership, American Culture and Difference, Luann Dummer Center for Women, St. Thomas Libraries, Office of International Students & Scholars, Justice and Peace Studies, English, History, and the Murray Institute.

All programs offered by the University of St. Thomas shall be readily accessible to individuals with disabilities. For details, call (651) 962-6315.