SJC Welcomes Daughter of Cuban Revolutionary Leader

PATCHOGUE, NY – FEBRUARY 22, 2011 – The Office of Multicultural Student Life at St. Joseph’s College is pleased to welcome Alina Fernandez, daughter of former Cuban President Fidel Castro, to its Long Island Campus on Monday, April 11. Ms. Fernandez will speak to students about her book, Castro’s Daughter: An Exile’s Memoir of Cuba at 12:40 p.m. in the McGann Conference Center.

Ms. Fernandez grew up in a politically tumultuous Cuba during the 1960s and 70s as the daughter of Fidel Castro. In the 1980s, she rebelled against the government that her father had created, and in 1993, dressed in disguise as a Spanish tourist, she escaped Cuba to Spain. In 1998, Fernandez wrote the autobiography Castro’s Daughter: An Exile’s Memoir of Cuba to explain what her life had been like living in Cuba under her father’s regime.

Currently living in South Florida, Ms. Fernandez has a nightly radio show, is a commentator on Spanish-language television and writes an opinion column for the Miami Herald every other Sunday.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Karen Pariti at 631.687.4563 or visit www.sjcny.edu. St. Joseph’s College is located at 155 W. Roe Blvd. in Patchogue, and is accessible via the South Service Road of Sunrise Highway, just east of Exit 52 (Waverly Avenue).

Note: This event was originally scheduled for March 8 but was moved to April 11.

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St. Joseph's College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island, the College offers degrees in more than 29 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.

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