Alina Fernandez

Fidel Castro's Daughter to Speak at Armstrong Nov. 7

(October 25, 2010) Fidel Castro's daughter, Alina Fernandez, will be the keynote speaker during the 2010 International Week at Armstrong Atlantic State University. Fernandez will speak at 3 p.m., Sunday, November 7 in the Residential Plaza of the Student Union on the Armstrong campus, 11935 Abercorn Street, Savannah. All International Week events are free and will be held on the Armstrong campus. The public is invited.

Fernandez will share her first person account of growing up in Cuba as one of Fidel Castro's daughters during the 1960s. A toddler when Castro overthrew the Batista government in 1959, her story is a personal account that includes the people of Cuba she has known over the last four decades, anecdotes of Cuban politics and society, and a detailed view of her father. In 1993, Fernandez fled Cuba to come to the United States. She is the author of Castro's Daughter: An Exile's Memoir of Cuba (1998).

The full schedule for International Week is:

Sunday, November 7
2-5 p.m.
Taste of the World
Food samples and displays from Armstrong's international students.
Student Union Residential Plaza

Monday, November 8
Ayoluwa (African dance and drum group)
Student Union Residential Plaza

7 p.m.
Lecture by Joan Hecht, award-winning author of the The Journey of the Lost Boys.
Ogeechee Theatre in the Student Union

Tuesday, November 9
Polynesian Dancers
Student Union Residential Plaza

Wednesday November 10
7 p.m.
Film, Grapes and Figs are in Season, a Palestinian woman's story.
Ogeechee Theatre in the Student Union

Thursday, November 11

4:30 p.m.
Mexican film, Under the Same Moon, a 9-year-old Mexican boy crosses the U.S border in search of his mother.
Ogeechee Theater in the Student Union

7:30 p.m.
Spoken word artist Gabriela Garcia Medina performs.
Student Union Ballroom

Friday, November 12
Canadian opera singer Kathleen Myrick performs.
Student Union Residential Plaza

7 p.m.
French animated film, Persepolis, based on graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi.
University Hall 156

The Office of International Education, Campus Union Board and the Armstrong French Club sponsor International Week.