Fidel Castro’s exiled daughter to speak at Eureka College

Alina Fernandez portrait

Alina Fernandez, the exiled daughter of former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Cerf Center at Eureka College. Tickets are $5. For reservations or more information, call (309) 467-6420.

Drawing from her autobiography titled “Castro’s Daughter: An Exile’s Memoir of Cuba,” Fernandez will share her experiences of growing up among the elite of Cuban society. Her book published in 1998 by St. Martin’s Press describes the political environment during the 1960s and 1970s, Cuban society, Cuban politics, a detailed view of Fidel Castro and Fernandez’s vision for the potential for reform and a better life for Cubans.

Fernandez was a toddler when Castro overthrew the Batista government during the 1959 Cuban Revolution. In what she calls a strangely mixed upbringing of a combination of privilege and privation, she would see her father on the television screen and then in her living room. She would frequently visit with her father and then not see him for months at a time.

Fernandez later rebelled against the political climate in Cuba and became part of the political dissident movement. In 1993 she fled the island in disguise. She currently resides in the United States.