Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Cuban Literacy Campaign: A K-12 Teacher Workshop

March 29th, 2014
12:30 - 5 PM

Greenleaf Conference Room, 100 Jones Hall
Tulane University

This workshop will explore the role of women in Latin America and in Education as well as the history of the Cuban Literacy Campaign through the new film, Maestra, written and directed by Catherine Murphy. Murphy will be leading discussions with participants and facilitate a workshop with Norma Guillard, (former brigadista with the 1961 Cuban Literacy Campaign). Maestra is a powerful documentary about the 1961 Cuban Literacy Campaign which raised literacy in Cuba to 95%. The film celebrates this amazing story through original film footage of the period, photographs and personal interviews of the teachers who are now in their 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. As they tell their stories, the Cuban women reflect on the transformation of their own lives and the whole of Cuban society as a result of the literacy campaign. For most, it was the first time they experienced independence and realized their power. Maestra will be introduced by Norma Guillard of Cuba, one of the original teachers from the Campaign featured in the film who was 15 years old when she and her sister joined the Literacy Campaign. The film will also be available for free, short-term loan through the LARC Lending Library. There are a few classroom resources available to accompany the film found here

The workshop schedule is available here.

Sponsored by Tulane University‘€™s Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Cuban & Caribbean Studies Institute, and Xavier University‘€™s Division of Education and Counseling.

  • Pre-Service Teachers/Tulane Students pay $5
  • Teachers $10

Lunch, parking and curricular materials are included in the workshop. During lunch, we will watch the 30 minute film which we have available for loan through our lending library

Cuba + People
Carolina Caballero
Professor of Practice - Spanish and Portuguese