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Cuban Literacy Roundtable Coming To Bigelow Center In Fairfield

Yaima Pardo, Cuban filmmaker and internet activist, will take part in a roundtable discussion about literacy and Cuba on May 26 at the Bigelow Center.
Yaima Pardo, Cuban filmmaker and internet activist, will take part in a roundtable discussion about literacy and Cuba on May 26 at the Bigelow Center. Photo Credit: Contributed photo

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Bigelow Center in Fairfield will host a roundtable discussion, “The On-Going Issue Of Literacy: Cuba Yesterday and Today,” on Thursday, May 26, at 10:30 a.m.

The discussion will feature Luisa Campos Gallardo, director of the National Literacy Museum in Havana; Yaima Pardo, Cuban filmmaker on the digital literacy campaign and Internet activist; and Catherine Murphy, filmmaker of “Maestra,” about the 1961 Cuban literacy campaign.

Fairfield University Professor Michelle Farrell, a specialist in Cuban film, will facilitate the roundtable discussion.

“There is a deep connection between the 1961 Cuban National Literacy Campaign and the current struggle for digital literacy and Internet in contemporary Cuba,” according to Farrell.

A selection of short films will be presented in addition to the specialists directly from Cuba. Pardo, a Bigelow Center for Senior Activities Award-winning young Cuban filmmaker and Internet activist, will share what Cubans think about the important issue on literacy and Internet connection, and her own Internet activism through her documentary series “Off_Line and Switch ON.”

Gallardo, specialist in literacy and the Yo Si Puedo literacy pedagogy, will share her perspective on the past accomplishments in Cuba and today’s challenges.

Murphy, director of the film “Maestra,” will share her research process on the campaign in Cuba and why this was an area that she needed to share through a documentary.

This program is free of charge, however, pre-registration is required by calling 203-256-3166 in advance.

The Bigelow Center is located at 100 Mona Terrace, Fairfield.

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