Perspectives from Havana in a Year of Covid and Embargo – A Series of Weekly Conversations
What has Cuba been like in the past year?
What is like now?
What have been the major challenges and achievements?
Like the rest of the world, Havana and Cuba have just completed the first full year of Covid 19. It has done so with the full force of the U.S. embargo on its neck, including additional measures enacted by the Trump administration and so far not modified or removed by the Biden administration. What has Havana been like the past year? What is it like now? What have been the major challenges and achievements?
CODEPINK is joining Massachusetts Peace Action, Center for Cuban Studies, Latin American Solidarity Coalition of Western Massachusetts and other organizations to explore these and other questions with 5 leading voices from Cuba
All events at 6pm Eastern Time
April 13: From the Perspective of an Economist – Estéban Morales
April 20 From the Perspective of Science & Healthcare – Luis Montero Cabrera
April 27: From the Perspective of a Sociologist and Feminist – Marta Nuñez
Marta Núñez Sarmiento(Cuba, 1946) is a sociologist and a retired professor at the University of Havana (1966-2011). Her research concentrates on women and employment in Cuba (in the public sector and in the newly opened small businesses); gender studies in Cuba; images of women in Cuban mass media; transition toward democracy projects for Cuba proposed by Cuban American and U.S. scholars. She holds a Master’s in Sociology from the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO) in Santiago, Chile (1971) and a PhD in Economics from the Academy of Sciences in Moscow, USSR (1983) and has been a visiting professor at universities in the Dominican Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, the United States, Canada, Spain and Argentina. She presently teaches “Gender, Race and Inequalities in Cuba” to undergraduate students from the Consortium of Advanced Studies Abroad (C.A.S.A.) headed by Brown University during their semesters abroad in Havana, as well as to students from other US universities studying in Cuba. She has been a consultant on gender for several agencies of the UN (1988-2015), for the Canadian Agency for International Development (CIDA) (2007-2008); the Association of Caribbean States (1999) and for several NGOs. Núñez-Sarmiento is a founding member of the Women´s Studies Program at the University of Havana (1991) as well as of the Casablanca Dream Group of feminist scholars from the South (since 2007). She served as an Expert for the Council of Mutual Economic Assistance (CMEA), (Moscow, 1978-1983) and as Counselor for the Embassy of Cuba in Russia (1993-1997). Marta was a visiting scholar at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard (2010). She has published extensively in the US, Cuba and other countries. Her latest bookYo sola me represento(I speak for myself)came out in 2012. She is a syndicated columnist in the cultural magazines of Mérida, Yucatán,Unicornio (Por Esto! Newspaper) (2014-2020) and in Lectambulos,(2020).
May 04: From the Perspective of a Poet and Writer – Nancy Morejón
May 11: From the Perspective of the Next Generation — David Faya