Apr 04 2013

MAESTRA: CLAS Black History Month 2013

Published by chelsea at 10:22 pm under Newsletter,Spring 2013 Newsletter

In February 2013, in honor of Black History Month, CLAS offered a series of events around the documentary Maestra. Catherine Murphy, director and producer, visited Vanderbilt February 18–21. The documentary, which premiered in the U.S. in 2011, tells the story of the Cuban Literacy Campaign of 1961, when 250,000 volunteers taught 700,000 people to read and write in one year. The campaign is thought by many to have been one of the most successful literacy campaigns to date and a pinnacle moment in the history of the Americas.

Activities that week included an International Lens film screening on February 19, followed by a discussion with Murphy, a K–12 teacher workshop, and two lunch discussion panels. Following the visit to Vanderbilt, Murphy traveled to Tuskegee with CLAS faculty and staff where CLAS and Tuskegee offered a film screening and teacher workshop. The events were sponsored by CLAS, Vanderbilt’s Film Studies Program, Women’s and Gender Studies, the Robert Penn Warren Center, and Peabody International Education Affairs.

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