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Antioch College to screen documentary film "Maestra"

YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio—August 13, 2013—Antioch College is pleased to announce a film screening of Maestra, a short documentary film about an ambitious literacy campaign in Cuba in the early 1960s. The screening will be held on Thursday, August 22, at 8:00 p.m. in McGregor Hall, room 113 on the Antioch College campus.

Maestra, follows the story of 250,000 volunteers who covered the Cuban countryside teaching citizens how to read and write in 1961. The screening is in conjunction with the Global Seminar on education being offered this summer at Antioch College, and will be followed by a discussion moderated and translated by Charles Fairbanks, Antioch’s assistant professor of media arts.

Presenting the film is Norma Limonta Guillard, a social psychologist from Santiago de Cuba. Guillard was a participant in the literacy campaign and her testimony is included in the film. She has been traveling for the past five months throughout the U.S. with Catherine Murphy, the film’s director, to screen the film at national film festivals, and to present at numerous literacy and educational forums. Guillard and Murphy have recently presented at the International Literacy Conference, the San Francisco Labor Fest, and numerous colleges and universities. Guillard was a keynote speaker at the National Organization of Women Conference in Chicago in July.

The public is invited to attend this free presentation. Guillard’s visit is being sponsored by Arts at Antioch, the Antioch Language Program, and the Global Seminar in Education.

For more information about the screening, please contact Dennie Eagleson at


About Norma Limonta Guillard
Norma Limonta Guillard is a social psychologist and was one of the first Cuban women of her generation to call herself a feminist. Today she primarily works on issues of gender, race, sexual orientation, and the importance of diversity in a Cuban/Caribbean context. An Afro-Cuban woman, Guillard has contributed much to the lively debates on race and racism in Cuba. An adjunct professor at the University of Havana teaching psychology and gender, and past president of the Cuban Association of Psychologists, she is also an advisor to United Nations Development Program and UNESCO on gender and HIV/AIDS prevention. She is an avid speaker at conferences, educational, social and cultural forums worldwide.

About Antioch College
Antioch College is a small, liberal arts institution located on a historical campus in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The College has an inspiring mission and a proud history of educating leaders and contributors to our society, including Nobel Laureates, Fulbright Scholars, MacArthur Fellows, notables in arts and culture, the sciences, the public sector, and business. Our innovative baccalaureate program integrates rigorous classroom learning with full-time work and community engagement. Commitments to social justice, sustainability, and global issues are important components of the Antioch College experience. A low student–faculty ratio provides Antioch College students with personal attention from professors who have a strong commitment to teaching. Originally founded in 1850, Antioch College is authorized by the Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents to grant the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.

Nicole Wroten
Assistant Director of Communications