CSW 2013

Cuban and US Collaboration Members at
2013 UN Commission on the Status of Women

Actions, Events, Delegations

Deputy Cuban Ambassador comes to Bozeman and Helena
for Montana Speaking Tour, Feb. 20-24, 2017

Miguel Fraga, the first secretary of the newly reestablished Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C., will give a free public lecture about Cuba and U.S. relations during a visit to Montana State University on Tuesday, Feb. 21. This talk will be repeated in Helena on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the Holter Museum.
Other MSU events include an informational session about Teaching, Research and Outreach with Cuba; a reception following the public talk; a Meet and Greet with First Secretary Fraga followed by a House Concert with Bozeman Afro-Latin Jazz group Bozambique. Proceeds from the benefit concert will support Cuba cultural and educational programs in Bozeman. See details of the visit events following.
Speaking Tour Events Flyer
MSU Flyer
City of Bozeman Proclamation Regarding Miguel Fraga's Visit
Sponsors include MSU's Office of International Programs and Gallatin Valley Friends of Cuba, the Colleges of Agriculture, Arts and Architecture, Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship and Letters and Science, the International Business Club, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, Department of Political Science and the Department of Native American Studies. Other sponsors include the Latin American/Latino Studies program; the Diversity Awareness Office, the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost as well as ASMSU, Sustainability NOW! Bridges to Cuba, Hopa Mountain, Gallatin Valley Community Radio, Cuba Connection and the U.S. Women and Cuba Collaboration.
Contact: Jan Strout, justmedia2004@yahoo.com, (206) 251-0880

Dra. Norma Vasallo, Chair of Women Studies, University of Havana
Announces 2017 Gender Conference at the University of Havana

Conference dates: March 6-9, 2017
"X Taller Internacional Mujeres en el Siglo XXI"

For information about the US Women & Cuba Collaboration delegation to the conference, see below.
Conference submission deadline extended to December 30, 2016. See Conference Information flyer below for current details.
Conference Information

Delegation Dates: March 1-10, 2017
Early Bird Pricing only available through January 15
Co-Sponsor: WILPF-US's Cuba & Bolivarian Alliance Issues Committee
      Celebrate International Women's Day with Cuban Women!
      Build International Women's Movement at the
      10th International Conference on Women in Havana:
        "Women in the 21st Century"

The US Women & Cuba Collaboration invites you to travel to Cuba with us! We will engage with people and sites in the Capitol of Havana, plus the coastal, culturally rich and historic communities of Cienfuegos and Matanzas. And we will participate in the 10th International Conference on Women: "Women in the 21st Century", hosted at the University of Havana by UH Director of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Dr. Norma Vasallo. This 10-day trip for up to 21 women is expected to cost around $3,300 (cost does not include air fare from home to Miami in US and lunch/dinner/personal expenses). Early bird pricing is $2700-$3000 but only until January 15. Our delegation will be as diverse as possible in terms of race, age, and life experiences, and is co-sponsored by WILPF-US's Cuba & Bolivarian Alliance Issues Committee.
Delegation details and application are below. We are seeking US women with a diverse array of experiences to join us for a delegation that will allow you to explore ideas in your respective area of interests with Cuban women counterparts. Any questions can be directed to Jan Strout and Cindy Domingo, 2017 Delegation co-leaders, at 2017delegation@gmail.com

                                                (Photo Credit: Lissa Barber)
Given the dramatic new commitment to restored diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, we are excited to be leading this delegation that will allow us to talk with Cuban women about their experiences of recent changes.
Flyer With Details
Marazul Application Form
Marazul Travel Advice
Conference submission deadline extended to December 30, 2016. See Conference CFP flyer below for current details.
Conference Call for Proposals
Kim Klein: Grassroots Fundraising

Lissa Barber and Jan Strout share information (based on recent delegation experiences) at a Bozeman, MT, Pecha Kucha event: see video following!

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    Cuba Life Travels, a Baltimore travel agency, welcomes the institution of direct flights from BWI to Havana. Caridad Morales Nussa, program director for Cuba Life Travels, and her partner, CEO Jasmin Torres, were at BWI for the inaugural flight and Morales Nussa spoke to the Baltimore Sun about her work as a Cuban American setting up and guiding trips to Cuba. The Sun reported that Morales Nussa "has led trips for students studying Spanish and Catholics who saw Pope Francis in Cuba. In January, she's taking a group of college students and professors from Pennsylvania to Cuba." See Cuba Life Travels website, linked below, for more information on their wide range of Cuba tours.
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    A Year without Sundays: Images from the Literacy Campaign in Cuba
    Catherine Murphy's new book (by Murphy and Carlos Torres Cairo, edited by Esther Perez and produced by Lilian Lombera) includes archival photographs from the 1961 Campaign, interview fragments from literacy workers, an introductory essay by Cuban poet Nancy Morejon, and a DVD of selected moments from Murphy's award-winning film Maestra. Published by Aurelia Ediciones.
    Order here

    Recent interviews with Filmmaker Catherine Murphy:
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    Maestra, Catherine Murphy's documentary about women of the 1961 Cuban Literacy Project, is available from Women Make Movies.
    Order Maestra, narrated by Alice Walker
    Maestra Website
    Two-minute Trailer
    Eight-minute Promo

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