A Cultural History of Cuba and the Literacy Campaign of 1961

Two Programs:  Thursday and Friday, February 1 & 2 — and a Sunday addition. (Scenes from the Friday program here.)

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Alan West-Durán, A Cultural History of Cuba, book launch — reading, discussion, Q&A — Thursday, Feb 1, noon-2:00, Northeastern University, Department of Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies, 310 Renaissance Park, 1135 Tremont St., across from the Ruggles MBTA station and parking garage, #63 on the campus map. Alan will host the Friday program.

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Friday, Feb 2, 7:00 at Encuentro 5. Griselda Aguilera Cabrera was a seven-year-old teacher in Cuba’s 1961 Revolutionary Literacy Campaign, one of nine women featured in “Maestra,” the award-winning documentary whose synopsis begins: “250,000 volunteer teachers joined the national literacy campaign. Almost half of them were under 18 and over half of them were women. Together they taught a nation to read and write – and their lives would never be the same.”

Now retired from her career as an educator, Griselda works with the Cuban Psychology Society’s Working Group on Identity and Diversity.  We plan to show the 32-minute documentary at the beginning of the program. Griselda will talk on Cuban education then and now and entertain questions about a wide range of topics.  Encuentro 5/E-5 is located at the Park Street T Station, next to the Orpheum Theatre at 9A Hamilton Place. Cuba travel information from the notice below will be available. This program is co-sponsored by the Boston Latino International Film Festival.

Griselda will also be doing a short “seven minutes on a Sunday” presentation at the Community Church of Boston, at Copley Square, on Sunday, Feb. 4th at 11:00 a.m. before the main program. Details here.

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Travel to Cuba

National Network on Cuba travel webinar Tuesday January 16, 2018, 8:00-9:30 pm (Eastern time zone) with Bob Guild, from RESPECT, the travel providers organization promoting respectful travel to Cuba.

Witness for Peace (WfP) Cuba Delegation: Arts, Culture and Social Programs, March 30-April 9 — $1,995 + airfare and visa fee. Application and $150 deposit due Feb 15. Trip infoother WfP Cuba delegations.

NNOC International May Day Brigade, April 22-May 6, 2018. Full two week land package $675 (current round trip fights from Boston in the $350-$400 range). Registration until March 16. More InformationProgram / Itinerary / ScheduleApplication.

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Politics and Culture after Padura

capote4PEMcrThere’s barely a break in the action into November. Hurricane and storm destruction, films and culture, Trump and hot politics in DC, Seattle, and at the UN.

Following the week-long Leonardo Padura festival —on the heels of the Boston Latin International Film Festival, bliff.org, with three full length and three Cuban shorts and the Trump Cuba melt down and unfounded fit over “sonic attacks” on US state department personnel in Havana, complete with new visa restrictions, staff removals and Cuban diplomat expulsions — the calendar of political-cultural events includes the National Network on Cuba annual national conference in Seattle, organizing for local rallies and support actions for the November 1st UN Assembly’s annual vote to condemn the U.S. Blockade and Embargo on Cuba, the upcoming premiere of a documentary about 1,300 Cuban teachers at Harvard summer school in 1900, and the continued exhibition of Yoan Capote’s monumental steel sculpture of Fidel Castro at the Peabody Essex Museum, undercut by the museum’s prejudiced, politically-slanted publicity.

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PADURA IS COMING!

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Cuban Novelist Leonardo Padura is coming to Boston and July26.org is hosting the festivities!  Check out the celebration and all the public events, including the film showings, on the festival site. (Click image to enlarge)

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Poster/Art Show, Witness for Peace/Cuba and July26.org planning meetings in August

The Taunton Public Library, located at 12 Pleasant St., will host an exhibit of compelling Cuban political posters from the collection of Stephen Lewis, August 3 to 30.  A Witness for Peace New England-wide organizational meeting will take place Saturday, August 12, in Boston; their largest program is in Cuba. This month’s July26.org meeting will take place on the second Tuesday, August 8. See the calendar for more on these events.

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July 26th Cuba Revolution Day with Lee Schlenker, Witness for Peace

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Lee Schlenker (left) will be featured on the July 26th program, which will include discussion of October programs with Cuban popular educator and poet Marcel Lueiro Reyes and Cuban novelist Leonardo Padura.

On Wednesday, July 26, Cuba’s Revolution Day holiday, the Boston area July 26th Coalition is sponsoring a program on community development in Cuba and U.S.-Cuba relations featuring Brookline’s Lee Schlenker, starting at 7:00 at the Encuentro 5 Community Center in downtown Boston, 9A Hamilton Place, next to the Orpheum Theatre, across the street from the Park Street MBTA station. The program is being co-sponsored by Brookline PAX and Witness for Peace. Continue reading

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June: Art, Music, and May Day in Cuba

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Friday, June 9, 6:30-8:30pm —A Discussion with Afro Cuban Artist and Activist Mirna Padrón Dickson – Community Church of Boston – 565 Boylston St., Copley Sq.

Sat, June 10, 4:00 pm – Mozart in Havana – St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1 Roanoke Ave., Jamaica Plain, Green Street T Stop. The Havana Lyceum Orchestra kicks off their US tour with acclaimed pianist Simone Dinnerstein. Program, tickets and more info.

Sat, June 17, 8:00-9:30 pm – “What I learned about Cuba by going to May Day in Havana” webinar by the National Network on Cuba. More info and registration.

…and Anti-Cuba Bias in Alternative as well as Mainstream Media

Ths, June 22, 9:45-11:00, “COMPLICITY: How US Community and NonProfit Technology Has Been Complicit in Some Very Ugly Cuba ‘Regime Change’ Policies and Practices — And What To Do About It,” Peter Miller, one of two papers written for the National Cuba Conference workshops in March, at “#ScreenTimeBU 2017: Fake News, Real Emotion, and The Mediated Self,” Graduate Student Conference, Division of Emerging Media Studies, Boston University, StuVi 1, 10 Buick St.

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