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Alina Fernandez, Fidel Castro's daughter Dec. 10

December 4, 2009

Colorado State's student organization, United Men of Color, is bringing Alina Fernandez, the daughter of Fidel Castro, to CSU to speak about her life growing up in Cuba. Fernandez is now an expatriate of Cuba, having fled to the United States in 1993.

Alina Fernandez, daughter of Fidel Castro. Image courtesy of Wolfman Productions.

Thursday, Dec. 10, 7 p.m.
Lory Student Center
North Ballroom

From Cuban elite to expatriate

When Alina Fernandez was a young girl, she wrote a letter to her father, Fidel Castro.  

I wanted to let him know how much we really needed him... Fidel didn't answer my letter. I kept writing him letters from a sweet and well-behaved child, a brave but sad girl.

From Fernandez's autobiography, Castro's Daughter.)

Fernandez never observed Castro in the political arena or in his role as Cuba's dictator. She experienced him as an occasional father figure. 

As a young woman she came to disagree with her father's politics. Later she escaped from Cuba and began her life as an exile. She is now an author and speaker.

First-person, intimate account

Colorado State's student organization, United Men of Color, is bringing Fernandez to campus to talk about her father, Castro, and her life in Cuba on 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10 in the Lory Student Center.

In her illuminating talk, Alina Fernandez, shares her first-person, intimate account of growing up in Cuba. Through her insight as one of the Cuban elite, Alina guides you through her life in Cuba and describes the surrounding political environment during the 1960s and 1970s. 

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 an intimate view of her father.   

Living a life of privilege and privation

As one of Fidel Castro's children, Alina 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 with whom she knew over the last 40 years, rather than as an expert on Fidel Castro, as the political ruler of Cuba.

Alina 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. Alina played tirelessly with him until dawn. Then he would disappear for months at a time. 

Fleeing Cuba

As Alina grew up and opened her eyes to the political climate in Cuba, she became rebellious, and in the 80’s 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. Alina resides in the United States today. In 1998, St. Martin's Press published her story, Castro's Daughter: An Exile's Memoir of Cuba.

Hoping for reform

Alina grew up in a convulsive Cuba, living with the ongoing threat of invasion by American troops. She is a witness with a unique vision, not only of her father, and how the country changed after The Revolution, but of Cuba’s future, and the potential for reform and a better life in Cuba.

Contact: Chigozie Okocha
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