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Cuban scholar to speak at UCR

Cuban scholar to speak at UCR

(August 28, 2001)

A Cuban scholar will speak at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept.1, at the University of California, Riverside on "The Role of Women in Cuba's Revolution: Past, Present and Future," and "The U.S. Embargo on Cuba: 38 Years Later, is it any Closer to Ending?" The speech, a reception preceding it and a panel discussion following are free and open to the public. They will be held at the Humanities and Social Sciences building, Room 1501.

Norma Vasallo Barrueta, Director of Women's Studies at the University of Havana, will be speaking at UCR as part of a statewide university speaking tour. She spoke Aug. 25 at UC Davis.

Trained as a psychologist, Vasallo Barrueta lectures internationally about Cuba's social and economic restructuring, most recently, the use of market forces. She has examined their impact on women, a woman's ability to reach decision-making positions, and how professional women's roles have changed in Cuba.

Vasallo Barrueta has authored several studies, among them, "Social Subjectivity of Women: A Study of Cuban women in different roles and of different generations" and "Economic Restructuring and Social Change: It's Impacts on Cuban Women."

The panel will include Christine W. Gailey, chair of the Department of Women's Studies at UCR, and several journalists. Armando Navarro, UCR Ethnic Studies chair, will moderate the panel discussion, which is preceded by a 5:30 p.m. reception.

The following UCR groups are sponsoring the event: The Ernesto Galarza Research Bureau, the departments of Ethnic and Women's Studies, and the Chicano Student Programs.

Friday's visit continues a two-year exchange of scholars between U.S. and Cuban universities.

For more information, call the UCR Center for Social and Behavioral Science Research at (909) 787-2196.

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