Yo Si Puedo: an upcoming presentation on the effects of literacy within a population

Cuban linguistics professor Luisa Campos Gallardo will be stopping at MSU during her country-wide tour to present her work on Cuban literacy. Gallardo’s talk will focus on the way increased literacy affects a community and she will discuss her work with the literacy program Yo Si Puedo, which means  “Yes I Can.” The presentation is free and open to the public, and will be spoken in Spanish accompanied by an English translation. The speech will take place on Oct. 25, at 3 p.m. in room 168 of the SUB.


Gallardo is guided by the premise that literacy is a human right as she presents her first-hand account of how gaining literacy affects the lives of women, Afro-Cubans, other minority groups and rural workers. Gallardo was a professor of linguistics for 48 years and has taught undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels of education. Gallardo will continue by giving a guest lecture for MSU’s Department of Modern Languages and Literatures classes, and by speaking in classes at Bozeman High School on Tuesday, Oct. 24. Gallardo will also be presenting a talk titled “Education for All: Cuba’s Leadership and the 1961 Literacy Campaign” on Monday, Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. in the Bozeman Public Library community room. The lecture hosted by the Library will also include a screening of “Maestra/Teacher,” a documentary on Cuba’s struggle to foster literacy within its population. The film documents the successful efforts of 250,000 teachers to become UNESCO certified as illiteracy-free within one year. During 1961, approximately 700,000 Cubans were taught to read and to write well enough to become literate.

Campos’ visit is sponsored by the Bozeman Public Library, the Gallatin Valley Friends of Cuba, the Bozeman Senior High School Spanish Club, Cuba Connections, Hopa Mountain, Montana Chapter-National Organization of Women, the MSU Women’s Center, MSU’s offices of diversity awareness, international programs, the MSU President’s Office, MSU’s Colleges of Education, and Health and Human Development, and MSU’s departments of english, modern languages and literatures, Native American studies, and political science.