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10-06-2009

Fidel Castro’s Daughter to Speak at Clarkson University

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/fernandez.jpg.]

Alina Fernandez, the daughter of Fidel Castro, will speak at Clarkson University Tuesday, October 20, at 6:30 p.m. in the Cheel Campus Center Barben Rooms.

The event is free and open to the public.fernandez

In her illuminating talk, Fernandez shares her first-person, intimate account of growing up in Cuba.

Through her insight as one of the Cuban elite, Fernandez guides you through her life in Cuba and describes the surrounding political environment during the 1960s and 70s. Weaving in her unique sense of style and humor, she reveals exciting and suspenseful anecdotes, snapshots of Cuban society, her inside scoop on Cuban politics, and a detailed view of her father.

As one of Fidel Castro’s children, Fernandez had a strangely mixed upbringing: a combination of privilege and privation. This is her private story, told from her intensely personal point of view. Clearly she speaks for herself and the people of Cuba, rather than as an expert on Fidel Castro as the political ruler of Cuba.

Fernandez was just a toddler when Castro overthrew the Batista government during the 1959 Cuban Revolution. She saw Fidel Castro on the television screen and then in her living room, as Castro would frequently visit her at night. Fernandez played tirelessly with him until dawn. Then he would disappear for months at a time.

As Fernandez grew up and opened her eyes to the political climate in Cuba, she became rebellious, and in the 1980s became part of the political dissident movement on the island. By 1993 she was forced to flee Cuba, which she accomplished by mastering the art of disguise.

Fernandez resides in the United States today.

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

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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