Growing up 'Castro'

Growing up 'CastroPh: Fernandez

Monday, October 3, 7 p.m.
Francis Hall Theater and Recital Hall

In her illuminating talk, Alina Fernandez, the illegitimate daughter of Fidel Castro, shares her first-person, intimate account of growing up in Cuba. Through her insight as part of the Cuban elite, Fernandez describes her life in Cuba and its political environment during the 1960s and ’70s.

As one of Fidel Castro’s children, Fernandez had a strangely mixed upbringing with a combination of privilege and privation. As she grew up and opened her eyes to the political climate in Cuba, Fernandez became rebellious, and became part of the political dissident movement on the island. By 1993 she was forced to flee Cuba. Today, she resides in the United States.

Members of the audience will also hear about the struggles of immigration from members of the well-known Valdespino family. Andres Valdespino, grandfather of Alvernia's current Student Government President, was a highly respected Cuban man, who served as Castro’s Undersecretary to the Treasury, and as a Law professor at the University of Havana. When Andres opposed Castro's methods, he was forced to flee to America with his family. 

Part of the 2011 Greater Reading Literary Festival at Alvernia, this event is sponsored by Multicultural Initiatives, University Life, Campus Ministry, and the Holleran Center.
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