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Norma GuillardNorma Guillard Limonta

NORMA GUILLARD joined the 1961 Cuban Literacy Campaign (the Campaign) when she was 15 years old. A social psychologist from Santiago de Cuba, she is 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 contributed much 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. She is also an Advisor to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and to the United Nations Development Program on the issue of gender in the prevention of HIV/AIDS. 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.

Guillard participated in the effort in Cuba to reprise playback theatre, an original form of improvisational theater in which audience or group members tell stories from their lives and watch them enacted on the spot. This type of theater is used to facilitate discussions about the impact of HIV/AIDS from the personal perspective of HIV positive people and their families.

Professor Guillard brings these issues to the social media field as well as the academic world, and has helped to produce several educational documentaries, including the celebrated film Living to the Limit by leading Cuban director Belkys Vega. Gulliard is also a poet and is widely published.   -- Center for Place Culture Politics, City University, NY

Maestra, Catherine Murphy and Norma Guillard: "This film brought tears to my eyes. Thank you. It is beautiful." -- - Alice Walker, Writer and Peacemaker, Pulitzer Prize Winner, Author of "The Color Purple"

Norma Guillard is a member of the Ejecutivo, Articulación Regional Afrodescendiente de América Latina y el Caribe, Capítulo Cubano (ARAC)

2018 Maestra Tour with Catherine Murphy and Griselda Aguilera Cabrera

Griselda Aguilera Cabrera: Women in Cuba:
Our Achievements and Continuing Struggles
Meet Griselda Aguilera Cabrera, the youngest volunteer in the Cuban Revolution’s 1961 literacy campaign. Some 250,000 volunteers, half of them teenagers and majority female, went to rural and working-class areas and taught a million Cubans how to read and write.

Now retired from her career as an educator, Griselda works with the Cuban Psychology Society’s Working Group on Identity and Diversity, in activities to combat homophobia, racial discrimination, prejudice against people with HIV/AIDS, and violence against women and girls.

Griselda Aguilera Cabrera will be speaking in the following areas:
Hartford, Boston, Albany, New York-New Jersey, DC-Baltimore, Knoxville
www.us-cubanormalization.org/viva-cuba/

Cuba literacy fight veteran to tour US East Coast  1/22/2018 The Militant: "Supporters of the Cuban Revolution are taking advantage of the exciting opportunity to organize an East Coast tour for Griselda Aguilera Cabrera Jan. 31-Feb. 23. At the age of 7, Aguilera was the youngest participant in the revolution’s mass literacy campaign in 1961 that taught workers and peasants across the island how to read and write, eliminating illiteracy in less than year. She is featured in the documentary “Maestra” (Teacher), produced by Catherine Murphy, about the campaign. Murphy helped organize Aguilera’s trip to the U.S. Tour stops are currently set for Boston; Hartford, Connecticut; New York; New Jersey; Washington, D.C.; Knoxville, Tennessee; and Miami."

   

  

   

  

Updated Griselda Aguilera Cabrera Itinerary

Monday, February 12 – Newark-New Brunswick, NJ

10:00 – 11:30 AM Event at Essex College, Newark
1:00 – 3:00 PM Event at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, Sponsored by Graduate School of Education
6:00 – 8:00 PM Community Event in New Brunswick

Tuesday, February 13 Lincoln University, PA
Contact Person: Gnaka Lagoke 202-320-6017 glagoke@hotmail.com\

6:00 – 8:00 PM Event at Lincoln University, PA (Chester County)

Wednesday, February 14 – DC-Baltimore

Thursday, February 15 Richmond, VA
Contact Person: Lee Robinson 804-549-7492 africanawarenessassociation2@gmail.com

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Citywide Reception and Program at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 1720 Mechanicsville Turnpike – Richmond, VA 23223, Sponsored by African Awareness Association

Friday, February 16 – DC-Baltimore
Contact Persons: Omari Musa 202-304-7982 omusa@fastmail.fm
Catherine Murphy 212-203-8185 catherine@theliteracyproject.org

12 Noon – 2:00 PM University of Maryland, College Park
6:00 – 9:00 PM DC Citywide Reception and Program at St. Stephens Church

Saturday, February 17 – DC-Baltimore

Possible meetings with trade unionists from 1199SEIU in

Sunday, February 18 Rest in DC

Monday, February 19 – Arrive in Knoxville 2:19 PM
Contact Person: Samir Hazboun 301-379-5529 hazbounsr@gmail.com

6:00 – 8:00 PM Evening Event at University of Tennessee

Tuesday, February 20 – Knoxville
Meeting with High School Students in Knoxville Area

Wednesday, February 21 Knoxville

8:30 AM – 12 Noon Classroom Meetings at Pellissippi Community College
6:00 – 8:00 PM Event at Pellissippi Community College

Thursday, February 22 – Fly to Miami

Friday, February 23 Miami

Saturday, February 24 Fly to Cuba

 
INVITACIÓN DEL CLUB DEL ESPENDRÚ, 18/1/2018top

EspendruEL CLUB DEL ESPENDRÚ invita agradecer a una excelente profesional y activista, ejemplo de firmeza, sensibilidad e inteligencia para manejar temas tan silenciados e imprescindibles como racialidad, sexualidad, homofobia, lesbofobia, y diversidad social. Se trata de Norma R Gillard Limonta, hermana mayor, siempre dispuesta a enseñar, aprender y crecer colectivamente. La vocación es un don personal que se legitima en el rigor profesional y cuando se socializa nos enriquece. Así es la vocación de Norma por la enseñanza: servir y mirar adentro de los demás y de las necesidades de su grupo social y su tiempo. La mirada de Norma la maestra, la psicóloga, la activista, la madre, la colega y la caminante, no observa el mundo pasivamente, sino que incita a transformarlo, a saber que podemos ser mejores y que, juntas, juntos, lo logremos.

Cualquier espacio al cual llega Norma se convierte en un aula. Su pasión por enseñar nació en la legendaria Campaña de Alfabetización, adonde se fue, adolescente, a mostrar las primeras letras a quienes lo necesitaban. Desde entonces, no ha dejado de enseñar, aprender y mirar intensamente hacia el futuro. Norma ha desafiado grandes obstáculos y los ha vencido, uno tras otro, con su vida de maestra y maestría en la vida. Por eso EL CLUB DEL ESPENDRÚ la considera necesaria y quiere darle las gracias por el ejemplo, el aliento y la vida que nos sigue regalando.

MAESTRA es un documental de nuestra gran amiga Catherine Murphy, dedicado al rol de la mujer durante la campaña de Alfabetización de 1961, en el cual Norma es una de sus protagonistas. Cada rostro, anécdota e imágenes de archivo que Catherine comparte con sus entrevistadas deja en nosotros una lección ejemplar de compromiso y entusiasmo colectivos. Volveremos a ver MAESTRA, esta vez, tendremos el placer de disfrutarla en compañía de su directora para celebrar la pasión y el rigor con que ella fija en la gran pantalla uno de los capítulos más hermosos de la mujer en la Revolución cubana y escucharla, otra vez, junto a Norma, nuestra ejemplar maestra y hermana mayor.

Día:18 de enero 2018.
Hora: 4:30 pm
Lugar: Espacio de CUBAPOESÍA, Calle 25 y Hospital, Cayo Hueso, municipio Centro Habana.
Referencia: La Fragua Martiana.
 

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Black Rights and Anti-Racism, From Hampton Roads To Cuba  11/16/2017 New Journal & Guide: "This past October, I was privileged, as a professor, to represent NSU for a groundbreaking post-graduate seminar in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Latin American Council for Social Sciences (CLACSO). Students from 15 Latin American countries and the United States debated the most salient issues of black activism, equal rights and citizenship in the hemisphere. Every Cuban advocate for a public debate on the resurgence of anti-black racism since the crisis-ridden 1990s has heard of Norfolk State. Over a period of six years, more than fifty NSU students have traveled to Cuba for study abroad programs in which these issues were studied in historical and contemporary perspective."

Ser mujer negra, lesbiana y afrofeminista en la Cuba de hoy  10/13/2015 Afrocubanas: "Por Norma R. Guillard Limonta (Psicóloga Afrocubana, Feminista y Comunicadora. Miembro de la Sociedad Cubana de Psicología)."

Afrocubanas protagonizan lucha contra la discriminación  8/17/2015 Afrocubanas: "La Primera Cumbre de Lideresas Afrodescendientes, celebrada el pasado mes de junio en Managua, Nicaragua, dio como resultado una plataforma de acción de 15 puntos que incluyen los ámbitos jurídicos, académicos, económicos, culturales y medios de comunicación. La psicóloga Norma Guillard integró la delegación cubana. Según informó a integrantes de ARAAC, la agenda nacional pondrá énfasis en combatir el racismo como responsabilidad de todas y todos. Uno de los tópicos a trabajar en el futuro inmediato es la representación mediática de la población negra, específicamente de las mujeres."

Afrocubanas en la Primera Cumbre de Lideresas Afrodescendientes  8/16/2015 Afrocubanas: "Del 26 al 29 de junio se realizó la Primera Cumbre de Lideresas Afrodescendientes en Managua, Nicaragua con la participación de 270 mujeres afrodescendientes de 22 países de las Américas y el Caribe, organizada por la Red de Mujeres Afrodescendientes, Afrocaribeñas y de la Diáspora (RMAAD) presidida por la Sra. Dorotea Wilson Thatum, Coordinadora General de la Red… contó con la presencia de la Segunda Secretaria de la Embajada Cubana en Nicaragua, compañera Takanor Bonilla, con quien pudimos compartir unos minutos. La delegación cubana estuvo integrada por tres representantes: las licenciadas Gisela Arandia Covarrubias (UNEAC, enlace Cuba), Norma Guillard Limonta (Sociedad Cubana de Psicología) y la Dra. Rosaida Ochoa Soto (MINSAP), las cuales formamos el grupo coordinador de la Red de Afrodescendientes de Mujeres, Capítulo Cubano."

Ser mujer negra lesbiana  7/19/2015 Afrocubanas: Por Norma R. Guillard Limonta (Psicóloga Afrocubana, Feminista y Comunicadora. Miembro de la Sociedad Cubana de Psicología).

Afro Descendants in Post-Embargo Cuba  3/20/2015 Black Diaspora Review 5(2) Spring 2015: Entire issue devoted to Cuba, edited by Tanya Saunders - featuring Sandra Alvarez, Odette Casamayor, Yesenia Selier, Norma Guillard.

CUBA. I JORNADA CUBANA CONTRA LA DISCRIMINACION RACIAL  11/10/2014 Alba Movimientos: "EQUIPO COORDINADOR: Loreta Zerquera, Gisela Morales, Norma Guillard, Maritza López, Gisela Arandia, Bienvenido Rojas, Naima Torres, Tomás Fernández Robaina."

Lápiz, cartilla, manual (+vídeo)  7/22/2014 Negra Cubana: Entrevista con Norma Guillard - "Mi amiga Norma Guillard es una de las cubanas entrevistadas por la estadounidense Catherine Murphy en Maestra (2012). Además, le ha tocado presentar el documental en varias universidades y comunidades de los Estados Unidos y el Caribe. Ahora nos cuenta sobre los aportes fundamentales de la Campaña de Alfabetización a la vida de la joven Norma, de lo cual queda como testimonio esta obra."

VIOLENCIA Y DISCRIMINACIÓN RACIAL  2/20/2014 Mujeres: "Norma Guillard: No caben dudas de que la discriminación racial es una forma de violencia, ya que en su acción de excluir y rechazar a personas por su color de piel y cultura, se está violentando su derecho de existencia. Vivir comportamientos de no aceptación marca tanto la subjetividad que, a veces, lleva a la persona a hacerla sentir inferior, y a creerse que es inferior, si no sabe enfrentar que se trata de algo construido. Llega a ser una agresión tan fuerte que en ocasiones limita a la otra persona en lo psíquico y lo social; en su libre actuar, y eso es una forma de violencia. Y, muchas veces, aquella persona que la promueve no se da cuenta de que está siendo víctima, inconscientemente, de una autoviolencia, porque ese comportamiento también marca y limita su manera de pensar respecto a otras personas de iguales derechos."

Norma Guillard, Literacy Campaign veteran and promoter of LGBT rights in Cuba, speaking in Chicago  7/1/2013 CRLN: "Norma Guillard, Cuban Social Psychologist and former brigadista with the 1961 Cuban Literacy Campaign, is coming to Chicago! She will speak on Monday July 1 at a screening of Maestra, a film about the Literacy Campaign, Tuesday at the Venezuelan Consulate and July 5-7 at the NOW Conference. Norma currently collaborates with CENESEX championing the rights of LGBT Cubans."

Meet Cuban Activist: Norma Guillard  11/3/2012 Finding Your Force: "She is an adjunct professor at the University of Havana teaching psychology and gender, and a leader of the Cuban Association of Psychologists. She is also an Advisor to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and to the United Nations Development Program on the issue of gender in the prevention of HIV/AIDS. 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."

LA MUJER NEGRA. SU REPRESENTACIÓN GRÁFICA Y LOS ESTEREÓTIPOS EN LA PUBLICIDAD  10/15/2009 Universidade de Brazilia: por Norma R. Guillard Limonta

Cuba and the Revolutionary Struggle to Transform a Sexist Consciousness  1/1/2009 Latin American Perspectives: "Although many Cuban women have played distinguished roles in national history, they have also been forced to face the harsh realities of patriarchal hegemony. As the Cuban Revolution turns 50, its humanist focus and tenets of respect for men and women as human beings may not be sufficient, but there is no doubt that these are the values that we defend. There remain many objective and subjective factors that perpetuate discrimination against women. Consciousness must be transformed to prepare for new realities. Lesbian women face double discrimination, and the transformation of consciousness with regard to lesbianism will require all the more understanding and willingness to change. A survey of images of lesbians on the Cuban screen points to the difficulties of this effort but at the same time shows that progress is possible."

Gender, Identity, Sexuality, and Social Communication in Hip-Hop  11/1/2005 Movimiento: "When we make reference to our subjectivities and emotions we must work on our own racism, our own homophobias and even our own classism, because if we continue breeding privileges in our interpersonal relations, few of the changes we are demanding will ever be made."
 

Links/Enlaces top

Norma Guillard - Maestra! The Cuban Literacy Campaign, A Discussion with Norma Guillard moderated by Sujatha Fernandes, Vimeo, 10/2012

wicuba.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/norma-guillard-biography-2012-09-27.pdf

www.imdb.com/title/tt2163004/?ref_=nm_flmg_slf_1  Maestra

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norma_Guillard

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