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Kennedy Center to present 'The New Cuban Woman' Feb. 16

The David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies at Brigham Young University will host Marisela Fleites-Lear for an Area Focus Lecture Thursday, Feb. 16, at 11 a.m. in 238 Herald R. Clark Building.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Born in Havana as the revolutionary movement led by Fidel Castro began, Fleites will discuss Cuban issues with her topic, “Inside the Fatherland: The New Cuban Woman.”

Fleites is the Spanish Department chair at Green River Community College and a doctoral candidate at the University of Washington.

Her scholarly research focuses on the role of women in revolutionary societies, Cuban—U.S. relations and constructions of Cuban nationalism in the literary works of Cuban writers.

She is also an active participant in movements for social justice and in efforts to end the U.S. embargo on Cuba, and she leads the Washington State Advisory Council of the Cuban American Alliance Education Fund, Inc.

With graduate degrees from universities in Cuba, Germany and the United States, Fleites has served as a scholar-in-residence at the Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies at the University of California—San Diego.

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