Date: Monday, February 26

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: Holiday Inn, Bozeman

For over half a century, travel restrictions to Cuba have made this island nation somewhat of a forbidden fruit to many Americans, making us especially curious about our neighbor and eager to learn more. Contrary to the common view of Cuba as unchanging over the past decades, cultural and societal shifts inside the country, particularly since 1959, have been considerable. In this program, we will explore the major changes, focusing on such topics as health care and education, economic reforms, and social justice advances and challenges. We will also discuss the current status of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the U.S. – and their meaning for citizens of both countries.

Presenter: Jan Strout

StroutJan Strout has been traveling to Cuba since 1990, co-leading US delegations and conducting her own research with diverse Cuban women in the forefront of gender, racial, sexual health and communication rights. She is an instructor at MSU and is active in civic affairs. She co-founded Gallatin Valley Friends of Cuba and the US Women and Cuba Collaboration. Jan presents frequently at MSU, in Bozeman, at the UN Commission on the Status of Women and at international conferences.