Norma Guillard was just 15 when she joined the 1961 Cuba Literacy Campaign. Now a social psychologist in Santiago de Cuba, she was one of the first Cuban women of her generation to call herself a feminist. She primarily works on the issues of gender, race, sexual orientation and issues of diversity and identity in a Cuban and Caribbean context. As a Cuban of African descent, Guillard has also contributed to the lively debates on race and racism in Cuba. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Havana teaching psychology and gender, and a leader of the Cuban Association of Psychologists.
Catherine Murphy is a San Francisco-based filmmaker who has spent much of the last 10 years working in Latin America. She is founder & director of The Literacy Project, a multi-media documentary project on adult literacy in the Americas. As an independent producer, Murphy’s work has largely focused on social documentaries. She has field-produced films like Saul Landau’s Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up?, Eugene Corr’s From Ghost Town to Havana, served on the production crew of Gay Cuba; and subtitled Stealing America by Dorothy Fadiman, Jaime Kibben’s The Greening of Cuba, and Out andRefusenicks by Sonja de Vries.
Jenifer Wager is a film director and cinematographer living and work in Newark, NJ. Her previous films include Dare to Dream and Venezuela Rising. She is Assistant Professor of New Media Technology at Essex County College.
Jinnette Morales Diaz is the mother of a Puerto Rican girl with Down Syndrome. An activist for the rights of the functional diversity population in Puerto Rico, she works as a family advocate for children in the Special Education Program in Puerto Rico. She is also the producer of Somos Parte, a radio program aimed at promoting the rights of people with functional diversity.
Poonam Srivastava is a writer, healer and film producer living and working in the New York City are. She is a producer of the film, Dare to Dream and Cuba’s Latin American Film Festival.
Graduates from the Latin America School of Medicine in Cuba will talk about how studying medicine in Cuba has made them better doctors and more passionate, compassionate advocates for patients.