Margaret Randall @ the Berks: A Panel, Poetry Reading, and Film, co-sponsored by the Centre for the Study of the United States, University of Toronto.

Margaret Randall is a feminist poet, writer, photographer and social activist. Her classic work of oral history, Cuban Women Now, was published in Toronto by Women’s Press in 1974. Since then she has published over a dozen other works of oral history, 35 books of poetry, and scores of edited anthologies, translations and articles. Margaret lived among New York’s abstract expressionists in the 1950s and early ’60s, participated in the Mexican student movement of 1968, shared important years of the Cuban revolution (1969-1980), the first four years of Nicaragua’s Sandinista project (1980-1984), and visited North Vietnam during the last months of the U.S. war in that country. She has written about some of these experiences in her recent autobiography To Change the World: My Years in Cuba (Rutgers UP, 2009). Margaret Randall

ALL DAY Friday, May 23

10:30-12 | Radical Texts & Political Acts: Forty Years of Reading Margaret Randall

Co-sponsored by the Centre for the Study of the United States, University of Toronto

Hart House East Common Room

Co-Chairs: Karen Dubinsky, Queen’s University; Laura Briggs, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Margaret’s Impact on Two Decades of Women’s and Solidarity Activism
Lynda Yanz, Maquila Solidarity Network

Oral History, Gender, and Sexuality in Cuba: The Legacies of Margaret Randall
Carrie Hamilton , Roehampton University

Cuba, Canada, and Cold War Feminism Before and After Cuban Women Now
Cynthia Wright, York University

A Real Live Katniss Everdeen: How the Hunger Games Generation Responds to Margaret Randall’s ‘Unapologetic Life’
Karin Aguilar-San Juan, Macalester College

Commentator: Margaret Randall, Writer and Activist

12 – 1:00 pm | Special Lunch-time Event Poetry Reading, by Margaret Randall

Brown-bag Lunch in same room with Margaret Randall, Writer and Activist

1:50 – 2:50 pm | Film Screening, Robarts Library, Media Commons, 3rd floor, Large Screening Room

The Unapologetic Life of Margaret Randall | 60 minutes | 2002


Filmmaker Lu Lippold offers a compelling filmic portrait of Margaret Randall, writer, academic, photographer, and activist. Lippold captures the continuing potency and relevancy of Randall’s extended public struggle over patriotism, belonging, and citizenship. (A vocal critic of U.S. foreign policy, Randall engaged in a sensational and contested attempt to regain her American citizenship after she left the United States for Mexico and Cuba; she was eventually successful.) Moving beyond the standard activist narrative, this film straddles the line between the political and the personal, critically exploring the highly individual story behind Randall’s outspoken radicalism. Includes current footage as well as archival images.

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