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Perspectives from Havana: Sociologist and Feminist Marta Nuñez (Week 3 of 5)

Tue April 27, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT

Perspectives from Havana

Perspectives from Havana in a Year of Covid and EmbargoA 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?

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 book Yo 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).

Please join us 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

May 04:  From the Perspective of a Poet and Writer – Nancy Morejón

May 11:  From the Perspective of the Next Generation — David Faya

Each week will start with a short presentation, followed by plenty of time for questions and dialogue.  The discussion will be moderated by Cole Harrison (Massachusetts Peace Action), Sandra Levinson (Center for Cuban Studies), and Gloria Caballero (Latin American Solidarity Coalition of W. Mass)

RegisterRegister to attend (only one registration is needed for the series). At the close of each session you will be given information and options for action to lift the Sanctions and end the Embargo, as well as ways in which you can get involved with the organizations sponsoring and co-sponsoring the series, or hold events and forums in your own community, institution or organization.

Introductions:  Merri Ansara and Estéban Morales in Havana

Main Sponsors:

Massachusetts Peace Action (www.masspeaceaction.org)

Center for Cuban Studies (www.centerforcubanstudies.org)

Latin American Solidarity Coalition of Western Massachusetts (https://lascwm.org)

Cosponsors: Saving Lives Campaign, US-Cuba Normalization Coalition, National Network on Cuba, Canadian Network on Cuba, Code Pink, Committees of Correspondence for Democracy & Socialism, Global Health Partners, July 26 Coalition Boston, Latin American Working Group, US Peace Council, US Women & Cuba Collaboration, Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom,  Cuba and the Bolivarian Alliance, Solidarity Collective, Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba (VCSC), Friends of Cuba Against the U.S. Blockade – Vancouver, Greater Hartford Cuba Solidarity Committee, IFCO/Pastors for Peace.

Other organizations are invited to co-sponsor the event and provide information on follow up actions and activities for the audience participants.


Tue April 27, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT
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