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Cuban Activist to Speak on Internet Freedom

Cuban activist Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo will speak on the subject of Internet  freedom in Cuba, the Cuban blogosphere versus the open blogosphere, and new  activism and social media under restricted Internet access on Monday, Nov.  25 at 6 p.m. in Schaible Auditorium on the UAF campus. This lecture is free  and open to the public.

Pardo Lazo is an award-winning author, journalist, photographer and artist.  He graduated from the Havana University in 1994 with a degree in  biochemistry and worked as a molecular biologist until 1999, when he began  work as a freelance writer, photographer and dissident blogger. His works  include four short-story books published in Cuba, as well as a work of  fiction, "Boring Home," which was banned from publication in Letras Cubanas  publishing house in Havana, and which received the Franz Kafka Prize, an  international literary award. His opinion columns appear in several online  publications, and he is editor and founder of the independent opinion and  literary e-zine "Voces," Cuba's first digital magazine.   His personal blog,  Post-Revolution Mondays, can be found at http://orlandolunes.wordpress.com.

Pardo Lazo's lecture is presented by the UAF Department of Foreign Languages  and Literatures and the UAF Spanish club, with support from the College of  Liberal Arts, the Associated Students of UAF, Diversity and Equal  Opportunity, and the UAF English, communication and justice departments. For  more information, visit http://www.uaf.edu/language, or contact Dan Darrow  at (907) 474-7980.

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