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Sunday, October 30 • 11:45am - 12:45pm
Cuba and the United States: Opening New Doors and New Opportunities for Journalism, Exchange Programs and Public Policies through a Gender Lens

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After more than 50 years of closed doors, hostility and innuendo, the Cuban and the United States governments are working to normalize relations — and that means new travel, study, journalistic, trade and shopping opportunities. This panel brings together American journalists who have written about Cuba along with a Cuban journalist who has reported on the developments in the U.S. to talk about how to make the most of the new changes. We’ll talk about exchange programs, story topics and making contacts, politics and cultural trends, especially as related to women, on both sides of the 90-mile divide. If you have been to Cuba, are planning a trip, or just have an interest in international reporting in general, this is the workshop discussion for you.


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Rosemary Armao

Associate Professor, SUNY-Albany
Rosemary Armao teaches in the Department of Communication and Journalism at SUNY-Albany. Previously she was a reporter and editor at wire services and newspapers. She has trained journalists and worked on media development projects throughout Eastern Europe and Africa. She is a former executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors and a former JAWS president.
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Kathy Bonk

Adviser, Ms. Magazine/Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute
For over 45 years, Kathy Bonk has been at the forefront of numerous campaigns resulting in ending sex discrimination in the media and policies affecting women worldwide including the U.N. World Conferences on Women, 1975-1995; the International Conferences on Population and Development; and the 1993 U.N. Human Rights Conference, where the term “women's rights are human rights” was coined. In the 1970s, she chaired the NOW Media... Read More →
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Cristina Escobar

Broadcast Journalist
Millions of Cubans each day watch Cristina Escobar report the day's event on one of Cuba's largest television stations. Cristina is one of the most visible figures on Cuban television, and over the past two years she has dedicated much of her coverage to the renewal of U.S.-Cuba relations. In May 2015, while in Washington at a White House press briefing, she fired off a four-part question with a two-part follow-up on whether Obama... Read More →
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Melinda Voss

Author, "Mango Cuba: What I Discovered About America's Neighbor"
Born in 1950, Melinda Voss grew up amid dinner table conversations about the Cuban revolution in 1958 and beyond. Fascinated by this colorful country, she used her journalistic skills honed in a 26-year career at The Des Moines Register during a March 2014 trip to make sense of it in her soon-to-be published e-book, “Mango Cuba: What I Discovered About America's Neighbor.”

Sunday October 30, 2016 11:45am - 12:45pm
Roanoke Ballroom H

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