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Economic Changes in Cuba: Impacts for Cuban Women & Famlies

Tuesday, April 22, 2014, from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Strand Union Building, Ballroom A

Dr Norma Vasallo Barrueta, Director of the Women's and Gender Studies program at the University of Havana, Cuba, and internationally respected professor and researcher, will be coming to Montana State University and Bozeman as part of a national speaking tour throughout the United States in 2014.  Dr. Vasallo will be in Bozeman on Tuesday, April 22, at Montana State University to speak about "Economic Changes in Cuba:  Impacts for Cuban Women and their Families."  She will be presenting at 7PM in SUB Ballroom A with a Reception to follow.  Doors will open at 6:30PM with Sights and Sounds of Cuba featuring music by KGLT DJ and MSU Instructor Jelani Mahiri and photographic images by Lissa Barber Photography, as well as information tables by some of the co-sponsoring MSU Departments and organizations.

This lecture, free and open to the public, is part of a series of activities for Dr. Vasallo hosted on campus and in the community, from April 20-23, that include opportunities to explore US-Cuba faculty research exchanges, a guest lecture in Modern Language course, exchange with campus and community women who are advancing  the status of women in Cuba and the US and the globalization of Women's and Gender Studies.  As part of Montana's focus on equal pay for equal work, Dr Vasallo's public presentation is timely since Cuba's Constitution has provisions for equal pay for equal work; gender, racial and sexual orientation non-discrimination; one year's paid family leave as well as health care and education through university level as human rights guaranteed to all Cubans. She will explain how well they work on the personal and policy levels.

Her public event co-sponsors include Associated Students of MSU, MSU's Office of the President, Department of Modern Languages and Literature, College of Letters and Science, Offices of International Programs and Diversity Awareness, Leadership Institute, Program in Women's and Gender Studies and the Women's Center.  Additional community and national Speaking Tour co-sponsors are the Bozeman Business and Professional Women, Gallatin Valley Friends of Cuba, Montana Chapter of the National Organization for Women and the US Women and Cuba Collaboration.

Dr. Vasallo Barrueta will be in the United States on a national Tour organized by the US Women and Cuba Collaboration during mid-April through May speaking to additional Universities in Seattle, Portland, Indianapolis, Chicago, Washington, DC, Baltimore, New York City and Philadelphia.   Professor Vasallo has been a central figure in the integration of multicultural gender studies perspectives into the curriculum of the University of Havana system nationally.  She has just released her new book, Ecos distantes, voces cercanas, miradas feministas (Distant Echoes, Nearby Voices, Feminist Gazes) and will be available for book signings as well as presentations.  Her visits are opportunities to exchange experiences with a Cuban expert on Cuban women, feminism, and global women's movements as well as Women's & Gender Studies in Cuba.  She is also the Director, Women in the 21st Century International Women's Conferences, attracting hundreds of women and men from around the world including several from MSU, organized in conjunction with the University of Havana.

For more information, contact Jan Strout, Instructor, MSU CLS Seminar Programs, and co-chair of the US Women and Cuba Collaboration.  and

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