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Contact: Millie Gonzalez
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Alina Fernandez, daughter of Fidel Castro, to Speak at Kean University on October 26

UNION, NJ - The Association of Latin American Students of Kean University will host a conversation about history and life in Cuba with Alina Fernandez, daughter of Fidel Castro, on Tuesday, October 26, at 3:15 p.m. in the University Center Little Theatre, located at 1000 Morris Ave. in Union, N.J. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Alexa Cantres at acantres@kean.edu or 908.737.5284.

In her illuminating talk, Fernandez will share her first-person, intimate account of growing up in Cuba in privilege and privation. Through her insight as one of the Cuban elite, Fernandez will describe her life in Cuba and the surrounding political environment during the 1960’s and 70’s. Weaving in her unique sense of style and humor, Fernandez is known to reveal exciting and suspenseful anecdotes, snapshots of Cuban society, her inside scoop on Cuban politics, and a detailed view of her father.

Growing up in the political climate of Cuba, Fernadez became rebellious. In the 80’s, she became part of the political dissident movement on the island. In 1993, she fled Cuba, and now resides in the United States.

In 1998 St. Martin's Press published her story, Castro's Daughter: An Exile's Memoir of Cuba.

Fernandez is a witness with a unique vision. She will also examine how the country changed after The Revolution, Cuba’s future and the potential for reform and a better life in Cuba.

Founded in 1855, Kean University has become one of the largest metropolitan institutions of higher education in the region, boasting a richly diverse student, faculty and staff population. Kean continues to play a key role in the training of teachers and is a hub of educational, technological and cultural enrichment, offering more than 50 undergraduate degrees and more than 45 options leading to a master’s degree, doctorate, professional diploma and/or state certification(s). Five undergraduate colleges and the Nathan Weiss Graduate College now serve more than 15,000 students.