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Hemingway and Cuban activists at Leadership Institute event

March 15, 2011

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Cuban activist Norma Guillard, filmmaker Catherine Murphy and author Valerie Hemingway will participate in La Fiesta Cubana, a Montana State University Leadership Institute endowment benefit event to be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 28, in the MSU Strand Union Building Ballrooms.

Guillard is a Cuban social psychologist and one of the original teachers from the 1961 Cuban Literacy Project, one of the most successful education reforms of the 20th century.

Murphy is a U.S. filmmaker who documented the Cuban literacy movement in the film "Maestra," or teacher.

Hemingway lived and traveled with Ernest Hemingway and his wife in the early 1960s in Spain, France and Cuba. In addition to her book, "Running with the Bulls: Hemingway as I know Him," Hemingway's work has been featured in such prominent papers and magazines as The New York Times and the Saturday Review.

La Fiesta Cubana will celebrate diversity, women, literacy and positive social change, and includes Cuban food, Cuban mocktails, Cuban music and a Cuban dancing demonstration.

This benefit is in collaboration with the Montana premiere of "Maestra," which will follow the fiesta at 7:30 p.m. in the SUB ballrooms (to learn more see: http://www.montana.edu/cpa/news/nwview.php?article=9581&pid=2). A panel discussion on gender equity and the status of women in Cuba and the U.S. that also is linked to the event will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 30. To learn more about the discussion, see: http://www.montana.edu/cpa/news/nwview.php?article=9565&pid=2

Tickets for the La Fiesta Cubana benefit are $25 per person and include reserved seats to the 7:30 p.m. film premiere and the lecture "Cuba's Road to Literacy: A Leadership Model for Women Worldwide." Proceeds from the benefit to support student leadership initiatives at MSU.

To reserve a seat call 406-994-7275 or visit www.montana.edu/leadership/endowment.html

Carmen McSpadden (406) 994-7667, cmcspadden@montana.edu