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 Educating for All: Cuba’s Leadership and the 1961 Literacy Campaign

Dear BBPW Sisters,
We are thrilled to host a Cuban leader speaking on Cuba’s remarkable record of becoming a Literacy Free nation as certified by UNESCO in 1961, known as Cuba’s Literacy Campaign.  Below is a short summary of Profesora Luisa Campos’ Bozeman area speaking tour and this exciting opportunity to focus on education as a human right.  
These events are free and open to the public and we hope you can join us and share this with friends, family and neighbors.  We also have a few spaces left in our January 2018 Delegation to Cuba that explores Sustainability and Community Development with an option to participate in Havana’s International Jazz Festival.  Details are attached below and you can write to us at
 for an Application and Lixensed Cuba people to people Delegation Itinerary.
And save the date of December 10 from 2-8 PM where we’ll be hosting a FUNDay! at Bozeman Brewery to benefit Delegation scholarships and education programs such as these.
Thank you always for your support and solidarity.
Jan Strout and Ann Schrader for the
US Women and Cuba Collaboration
BBPW Sponsor
Bozeman, Montana
Educating for All: Cuba’s Leadership and the 1961 Literacy Campaign
Profesora Luisa Campos, head of Cuba’s National Museum of Literacy and a leading global advocate for education as a human rights, will speak in a series of events at MSU and at the Bozeman Public Library. She holds a Masters in Educación and has 48 years of experience as a University Professor, largely teaching at the José Enrique Varona Pedagogical University.  She has taught at an undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate level, as well as teaching special courses in the areas of Cuban History, Ethics, José Martí, Adult Education, Literacy (in various issues within literacy studies), and with the YO SI PUEDO (Yes I Can!) Literacy program.

Profesora Luisa Campos Speaking Tour Itinerary:

    Monday, October 23 –  6:00 – 8:30 PM ~ Bozeman Public Library, Large Community Room   

Reception followed by Presentation @ 6:30 PM – “Education for All:  Cuba’s Leadership and the 1961 Literacy Campaign” with Profesora Campos with Q & A.  Followed by Encore screening of Maestra/Teacher:  documentary by Catherine Murphy about Cuba’s 1961 Literacy Campaign.  (   In Spanish with English translation.


    Wednesday, October 25 – 3:00 – 4:30 PM in the Strand Union Building Room 168, Montana State University

2:30 PM – Coffee and Tea is available hosted by the MSU Office of the President 

3:00 PM – Discussion with Profesora Luisa Campos on the Yo Si Puedo (Yes I Can!)  Literacy Program used worldwide.  Profesora Campos will focus on the impacts of literacy and education as a human right on the lives of women, Afro-Cubans, other minorities, and rural workers are the majority of beneficiaries by having access to education and more opportunities to learn.   In Spanish with English translation.

 Both events are Free and the Public is welcome.

*************************MSU and Bozeman events are co-sponsored by the Bozeman Public Library, Gallatin Valley Friends of Cuba and Montana State University:  College of Education, Health and Human Development; Departments of English, Modern Languages and Literature, Native American Studies and Political Science; Women’s Center; Offices of Diversity Awareness, International Programs and the President; and Program in Latin American and Latino Studies.  From our community by Bozeman Senior High School Spanish Club, Cuba Connections, Hopa Mountain and Montana Chapter-National Organization of Women.
Thank you again for all of the support on every level.

More great prizes to win at the Annual Celebration Event!

Don't forget to register for the celebration event!  Here are some wonderful prizes that will be awarded for door prizes and raffles. 

Would you like to donate a door or raffle prize?  Email  for more information.

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Prize Provided by Townshend's Tea Company
Prize Provided by Concierge Montana
Prize Provided by Bozeman BPW

 Bozeman BPW Remembers Dorothy Eck, a “pioneer for women.”

Jan Strout spoke at yesterday’s Bozeman BPW luncheon, about Dorothy Eck and all she accomplished for Montana in her lifetime.  Dorothy was honored by Bozeman BPW in the past as a Woman of Achievement and was an amazing advocate for women in our state. Please see the articles below for more information on her life and legacy.  Dorothy passed away this week at the age of 93, and will be truly missed.
Published articles:
“Dorothy Eck, a pioneer for women in Montana politics, a force behind the 1972 Montana Constitution and a champion of open government and human rights, died Saturday in Bozeman. She was 93.” —The Bozeman Daily Chronicle,
“Dorothy was a trailblazer with courage, tenacity and compassion. She was a champion for women, Native Americans, and a transparent and accountable government,” Tester, now a U.S. senator for Montana, said in a statement Monday. “She left her mark on the pages of Montana’s Constitution, in the halls of our state’s Capitol, and throughout our rural communities.” —San Francisco Gate,
“Eck was elected to help draft a new state Constitution in 1972, fighting for the public’s right to participate in government and for a requirement that public schools teach students about Montana’s Native American heritage.” —Helena Independent,