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La conocida bloguera Yoani Sánchez viajará a Estados Unidos en marzo para participar en un simposio sobre cultura digital y vida pública en Cuba.

El evento titulado [I]The Revolution Recodified: Digital Culture and the Public Sphere In Cuba[/I] se realizará entre el 15 y el 17 de marzo en Nueva York, patrocinado por un grupo de instituciones académicas y culturales. Entre las entidades que respaldan el foro están The New School’s Academic Events Fund, el Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos y Caribeños de la Universidad de Nueva York (NYU) y la Asociación para el Estudio de la Economía Cubana (ASCE).

Su arribo a Nueva York está fijado para el 14 de marzo en un vuelo procedente de México.

El bloguero cubano Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo también fue invitado al evento, que está dirigido a "explorar las formas en que los medios sociales e Internet han abierto nuevas vías para los escritores, músicos, artistas y activistas independientes, conectándolos con colaboradores y público de todo el mundo", de acuerdo con los organizadores.

Cautiva en Nueva York

"Después de varias invitaciones frustradas por la negativa del gobierno cubano, Yoani será nuestra prisionera por cinco días", bromeó el sociólogo e historiador Ted Henken, profesor de Baruch College-CUNY y actual presidente de la ASCE. Henken ha viajado a Cuba en numerosas ocasiones para investigar la blogosfera cubana y ha escrito extensamente sobre Sánchez, a quien ha dedicado varias entrevistas y estudios.

Henken agregó que existe una gran expectativa por la visita entre estudiantes, profesores,  bloggers y miembros de la comunidad cubana, por lo que en su primera estancia en Nueva York el calendario de Sánchez estará repleto de actividades.

El  viernes 15 de marzo, Sánchez ofrecerá una conferencia de prensa en NYU en horas de la tarde y posteriormente pronunciará el discurso inaugural del simposio. Al día siguiente también participará en un panel dedicado a medios sociales y cambios políticos en Cuba (Cuba in a Global Context: Social Media and Political Change).

Posteriormente, Sánchez y Lazo participarán en otros foros convocados por la Cardozo School of Law de Yeshiva University, Columbia University, The 8th Floor Gallery del Rubin Museum, City College de CUNY, Raíces de Esperanza y The Huffington Post.

Escala en Washington

Henken indicó que Sánchez ha mostrado interés además en visitar la Universidad de Columbia para encontrarse con organizadores del Premio Maria Moors Cabot. Sánchez recibió una mención y medalla del Maria Moors Cabot, en el 2009, en reconocimiento a su blog Generación Y.

El Premio Maria Moors Cabot -la más antigua distinción internacional del periodismo- celebra el 75 aniversario de su creación y Sánchez está invitada para participar en un foro por la celebración, a fines de año.

En Nueva York tiene planeadas además visitas a las oficinas de Google y al diario [I]The New York Times. [/I]Entre el 19 y el 21 visitará Washington DC.

Aunque el itinerario del viaje a Estados Unidos indica que Sánchez volaría el 21 a Washington DC a Amsterdam, Holanda, su presencia es esperada en Miami entre fines de marzo y principios de abril.

Su hermana Yunia Sánchez, residente en Miami desde el 2011, confirmó que el cronograma de su visita está aún en preparación.

"Hay mucho interés de instituciones, grupos y amigos aquí en Miami, y por supuesto mi famiolia y yo estamos locos por tenerla con nosotros", dijo Yunia.

Mural en Miami

Por lo pronto, Miami ya se ha adelantado a la visita con un mural en una concurrida esquina de la Calle Ocho.

El pasado sábado quedó oficialmente inaugurado un mural dedicado a Sánchez en la fachada del club Cuba Ocho, una concurrida instalación cultural de La Pequeña Habana. El mural está realizado a partir de una caricatura realizada en el 2008 por el reconocido artista plástico Arístides Pumariega.

"Yoani es un ícono de la libertad de expresión y un símbolo para los cubanos de mi generación", manifestó el galerista Roberto Ramos, propietario de Cuba Ocho. "Como comunicadora social ella ha logrado describir como nadie la situación cubana y esta es una manera de tenerla entre nosotros".

En la fachada de Cuba Ocho también están registrados una veintena de celebridades de la música y la cultura cubanas, entre ellos Celia Cruz y Bola de Nieve.

Después de 24 negativas a su petición de permiso de salida del país desde el 2009, Sánchez recibió finalmente, el pasado 30 de enero, el pasaporte que le permitirá viajar al extranjero.

Su primer destinó será Brasil, adonde partirá el 17 de febrero. Esta previsto que Sánchez llegue a Recife en la madrugada del 18 de febrero, invitada por el cineasdta Dado Galvao para la presentación del documental [I]Conexión Cuba Honduras.[/I]

Antes de venir a Estados Unidos, Sánchez viajará a México, donde asistirá a la conferencia de medio año de la Sociedad Interamericana de Prensa (SIP). La reunión de la SIP se realizará en la ciudad de Puebla entre el 8 y el 11 de marzo y la bloguera deberá rendir allí su primer informe como vicepresidenta regional por Cuba de la Comisión de Libertad de Prensa e Información del organismo, cargo para el que fue nombrada el pasado noviembre.

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    Anti-Castro leader Marta Beatriz Roque (R) attends the weekly demonstration of the 'Ladies in White' movement (wives and mothers of political prisoners) in the streets of Havana 09 December 2007. The peaceful 'Ladies in white' movement demonstrated for the first time in front of the Cuban National Assembly ahead of tomorrow's International Human Rights Day. AFP PHOTO/ADALBERTO ROQUE (Photo credit should read ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • (From R to L) Cuban government opponents

    HAVANA, CUBA: (From R to L) Cuban government opponents Vladimiro Roca, Marta Beatriz Roque, Felix Bonne and Rene Gomez Manzano, hold a meeting at the residence of Michael Pamley, head of the US Interest Office in Havana, 21 June, 2007. The opponents celebrated the 10th anniversary of the manifesto 'The Land is for All', written by them 10 years ago. AFP PHOTO/Adalberto ROQUE (Photo credit should read ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Cuban government opponents Vladimiro Roc

    HAVANA, CUBA: Cuban government opponents Vladimiro Roca (R) and Marta Beatriz Roque, chat during a meeting at the residence of Michael Pamley, head of the US Interest Office in Havana, 21 June, 2007. The opponents celebrated the 10th anniversary of the manifesto 'The Land is for All', written by them 10 years ago. AFP PHOTO/Adalberto ROQUE (Photo credit should read ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A group of Cuban women, wifes and mother

    LA HABANA, CUBA: A group of Cuban women, wifes and mothers of political prisoners, hold pictures of dissident Marta Beatriz Roque 09 May 2004 in Havana, during a Mother's Day demonstration asking the government to free their relatives. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Police keep residents at bay after a lea

    Police keep residents at bay after a leading Cuban dissident, economist Marta Beatriz Roque was arrested in Havana 20 March 2003, the latest victim of a crackdown in which at least 55 people were detained this week, another political activist, told AFP. Roque was arrested early 20 March 2003 together with five other dissidents staging a 10-day-old hunger strike to press for the release of political prisoners, according to the head of the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN), a group that is banned but tolerated by the island's communist authorities. AFP PHOTO/Adalberto ROQUE (Photo credit should read ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Berta Soler, leader of Cuban dissident group Ladies in White speaks with journalists after her organization's meeting with Cardinal Jaime Ortega in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, June 7, 2012. Ladies in White is a group made up of relatives of Cuban dissidents who are imprisoned. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

  • Laura Labrada, member of dissident group "Ladies in White," wears a T-shirt showing a photograph of the late Cuban activist Oswaldo Paya, center, and of late dissident leader Laura Pollan, top right, during Paya's burial at a cemetery in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, July 24, 2012. Paya, 60, gained international fame as the lead organizer of the Varela Project, a signature-gathering drive asking authorities for a referendum on guaranteeing rights such as freedom of speech and assembly. The initiative launched a decade ago was seen as the biggest nonviolent campaign to change the system Fidel Castro established after the 1959 Cuban revolution. Paya died on Sunday, July 22, 2012 in a car crash. Paya's death follows the October 2011 death of Laura Pollan, the leader of the "Ladies in White." (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

  • Spanish citizen Angel Francisco Carromero speaks during a press conference via pre-taped video footage that was shown during a press conference organized by Cuba's International Press Center, in Havana, Cuba, Monday, July 30, 2012. Carromero and Swedish citizen Jens Aron Modig, who were traveling with Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya when he died in a car crash, are denying speculation that a second vehicle was involved. Carromero says he braked abruptly after entering an unpaved construction zone and lost control. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

  • Members of the opposition group Cuban Network of Community Communicators, facing the home of prominent dissident Martha Beatriz Roque, gather in a walkway, just outside her window, in support of her hunger strike in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Sept 11, 2012. Roque has declared a hunger strike and says 12 other opposition members are joining her. The hunger strikers are seeking to draw attention to the injustices committed in their view against opponents of the government and the lack of response from the authorities to their demands. Among their demands is that Cuba's government free a little-known opposition member, Jorge Vazquez. They say he is serving a jail term for a minor, non-political crime and ought to have been freed Sunday. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

  • Members of the opposition group Cuban Network of Community Communicators sit inside the home of prominent dissident Martha Beatriz Roque in support of her hunger strike, in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Sept 13, 2012. Roque is seeking to draw attention to the injustices committed in her view against opponents of the government and the lack of response from the authorities to demands. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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  • Tibetan Youth Congress members rest on their beds, in the background, on the 17th day of their indefinite hunger strike in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012. The demands of the hunger strikers include pressing China to grant immediate access to governments, international organizations and the media to travel in Tibet in order to understand the aspirations of Tibetans living there and to release Tibetan prisoners of conscience, among others. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

  • Tibetan Youth Congress members rest on their beds, in the background, on the 17th day of their indefinite hunger strike in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012. The demands of the hunger strikers include pressing China to grant immediate access to governments, international organizations and the media to travel in Tibet in order to understand the aspirations of Tibetans living there and to release Tibetan prisoners of conscience, among others. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

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  • Just graduated doctors have their picture taken holding their diplomas after a graduation ceremony at the 'Karl Marx' theater in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, July 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

  • A man and a woman talk after their graduation as nurses outside the 'Karl Marx' theater in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, July 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

  • A Cuban man leaves on the back of a motorcycle driven by a friend after graduating as doctor at the 'Karl Marx' theater in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, July 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

  • In this picture taken July 6, 2012, Rogelio Alonso, 74, center, plows a piece of land using a pair of oxen in Los Palos, Cuba. Cuba grapples with having the oldest citizenry in Latin America, a phenomenon fueled by low birth rates and long life expectancies, plus the migration of young people and women. The government has already postponed the retirement age and is trying to create more homes and programs for the elderly, but still will have to handle the economic consequences of its increasingly graying population. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

  • Retired taxi driver Jose Miguel, 69, carries one of his dogs to hand to a tourist in old Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. To supplement his pension Jose Miguel photographs tourists with his dogs. Cuba grapples with having the oldest citizenry in Latin America, a phenomenon fueled by low birth rates and long life expectancies, plus the migration of young people and women. The government has already postponed the retirement age and is trying to create more homes and programs for the elderly, but still will have to handle the economic consequences of its increasingly graying population.(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

  • In this picture taken Aug 2, 2012, a couple dances at a senior center, that provides retirees with medical attention, meals and social activities, in Havana, Cuba. Cuba grapples with having the oldest citizenry in Latin America, a phenomenon fueled by low birth rates and long life expectancies, plus the migration of young people and women. The government has already postponed the retirement age and is trying to create more homes and programs for the elderly, but still will have to handle the economic consequences of its increasingly graying population.(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

  • In this picture taken Aug 2, 2012, women dance at a senior center, that provides retirees with medical attention, meals and social activities, in Havana, Cuba. Cuba grapples with having the oldest citizenry in Latin America, a phenomenon fueled by low birth rates and long life expectancies, plus the migration of young people and women. The government has already postponed the retirement age and is trying to create more homes and programs for the elderly, but still will have to handle the economic consequences of its increasingly graying population.(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

  • Cubans pose for a picture on a sidewalk in Guantanamo, Cuba, on the eve of the country's Revolution Day, Wednesday, July 25, 2012. Revolution Day marks the July 26, 1953 rebel attack led by Fidel and Raul Castro on the Moncada military barracks. The attack is considered the beginning of the revolution that culminated with dictator Fulgencio Batista's ouster. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

  • Bartender Alejandro Bolivar prepares a daiquiri to help fill a giant fiber-composite cocktail glass at El Floridita tavern in Old Havana, Cuba, Saturday, July 21, 2012. The event was staged to honor the 195th anniversary of the bar, which means "Little Florida" in Spanish and bills itself as the "cradle of the daiquiri." The giant cocktail also honored the 113 years since the birth of its most famous frequent customer, Nobel Prize-winning novelist Ernest Hemingway, of whom a life-sized sculpture sits barside. Legend has it that Hemingway, who took his daiquiris without sugar, once downed 13 doubles in one sitting. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

  • A boy jumps into the water at the Malecon in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, July 18, 2012.(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)


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