Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America

Learn about Cuba from Cubans! Events May 22 – May 27

Dozens of Cuban scholars will be participating in community events while they’re in town for the Latin American Studies Conference. These community events are a not-to-be-missed opportunity to hear Cubans share their points of view about a broad range of issues in Cuba today.

Thursday May 22 at 7pm

Cubans, Venezuelans and Hondurans resist US Intervention   
& an exchange with the Cuban guests from the LASA conference
Grace Place, 2nd floor at 637 S. Dearborn

Chair: Jesus Rodriguez Espinosa, Consul General, Consulate of Venezuela in Chicago
Cuban professors from the University of Havana, CENESEX and related Cuban institutions attending the Latin America Studies Association Conference

Vicki Cervantes, National Coordinator, Honduras Solidarity Network;  La Voz de los de Abajo

George Ciccariello-Maher, author of We Created Chavez: A People’s History of the Venezuelan Revolution, former professor at Venezuelan School of Planning in Caracas

Join us for an evening of solidarity and opposition to threats and sanctions against Venezuela, against continued terrorism against Cuba, the US blockade, the Cuban 5 political prisoners and against repression of the democratic movement in Honduras.

Sponsored by: Venezuela Solidarity Committee, National Lawyers Guild, Chicago Committee to Free the Cuban 5, Consulate of Venezuela in Chicago, All African Peoples Revolutionary Party, La Voz de los de  Abajo, US Women and Cuba Collaboration Project, Veterans for Peace (Chicago), Midwest Workers Association

Thursday May 22 from 4-6 pm

Economic Changes in Cuba: Impacts on Cuban Women and their Families
Adler School of Professional Psychology
Adler Classroom 16-100, 17 North Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL

Norma Luisa Vasallo Barrueta, PhD, Chair of Women Studies, University of Havana

Space is limited.  Please RSVP to Nataka Moore, or Moon Vazquez, or 206.851.5461

Sponsored by: US Women and Cuba Collaborative

Thursday, May 22 from 6-8 pm

Cuban Women’s Voices Roundtable
Adler School of Professional Psychology
Adler Classroom 16-100, 17 North Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL

Norma Luisa Vasallo Barrueta, PhD, Professor of Women’s Studies and Social Psychology,

Gisela Arandia Covarrubias, Journalist and Race Scholar,

Norma Guillard Limonta, Social Psychologist and Anti-homophobia Activist, and

Danae C. Diéguez, Professor of Media Art and Film

Space is limited.  Please RSVP to Nataka Moore, or Moon Vazquez, or 206.851.5461

Friday May 23, 6:10 pm

African Liberation Day
Chicago State University Student Union at 9501 S. King Drive

Jesus Rodriguez Espinosa, Consul General, Consulate of Venezuela in Chicago

on Venezuela’s solidarity with African struggles

Norma Guillard, Cuban representative of the Network of Women Afro-descendants of the Caribbean and Latin America, leader of CENESEX (National Center for Sexual Education)

For more info: 773-208-6602

Sponsored by All African Peoples Revolutionary Party

Saturday May 24 at 7:30 pm

Evening in Solidarity with Cuba and the Cuban 5
Grace Place at 637 S. Dearborn

This post LASA forum and reception will include presentations by:

Bernardo Toscano and Rodney Gonzalez from the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, DC

Nancy Morejón from UNEAC as well as other Cubans from the more than 100 person delegation to LASA, solidarity activists, plus special surprise guests!

Sponsors include: The Chicago Cuba Coalition, the Chicago Cuban Five Committee, the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five, ANSWER Coalition and many other organizations are building for this event to grow the support for the freedom of our brothers Gerardo, Ramón and Antonio, and solidarity with Cuba!

Monday May 26 from 4-6 pm

The 1961 Cuban Literacy Campaign

Maestra, & discussion with Norma Guillard

Universidad Popular at 2801 S. Hamlin Ave, Chicago

Norma Guillard joined the 1961 Cuban Literacy Campaign when she was 15 years old, and is featured in Maestra, a documentary about the women and girls who taught their nation to read and write during the Campaign. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Havana teaching psychology and gender, and executive secretary of the Cuban Association of Psychologists.  She is a principal collaborator at the National Center for the Prevention of AIDS and the National Center for Sex Education (known as CENESEX in Cuba), which spearheads work to educate against homophobia and to lobby for civil unions in Cuba. Additionally, she is one of the founders of “Oremi,” the first organization of lesbian and bisexual women in Cuba.

Tuesday May 27 at 9:30 am

Sexual Diversity in Revolutionary Cuba
Northeastern Illinois University Pedroso Center (B-159)
5500 N. St. Louis Avenue

Breakfast will be served.

Dr. Alberto Roque Guerra is an out gay activist who has been one of the leading voices challenging homophobia in Cuba.  As a specialist in internal medicine and Chair of the National Integrated Medicine Commission for Transgender Cubans, he has played a pivotal role in securing the right to sex reassignment surgeries, which are now performed—for free—by the Cuban government.

Dr. Christina Perez is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Study of Women and Gender Program at Dominican University.  She is a human rights activist and an expert on the Cuban health care system.

Please contact Brett Stockdill ( for more information.

Co-Sponsors: Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs, English, Latino & Latin American Studies, Sociology, Women’s & Gender Studies, and World Languages & Culture 

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