Being Castro's Daughter

By: Meryl Conant
By: Meryl Conant

Monday night one local college had a front-row seat to Cuban history.

JMU students packed into Wilson Auditorium to hear Fidel Castro's daughter speak.

Alina Fernandez talked about growing up during the Cuban Revolution and escaping the country.

She told personal stories and anecdotes- like how she remembers the last day she watched cartoons before the country erupted into violence.

She says she hopes her visit helped put a face to what the students have studied.

"A little more knowledge of the Cuban experience, maybe a little more curiosity," she said. "I'll be happy with that, just to awaken curiosity is a good goal."

"We're hoping just to just expose the students to a more worldly view and to get them out of the college bubble that their respective campuses tend to lock them into," said Jamie Fox of JMU's University Program Board, which organized the event.

Fernandez is currently a radio host in Florida- and she does not speak with her father.

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