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WHAT:             Renowned Cuban Dissident to Speak at CUA


WHEN:             10:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 11


WHERE:           The Catholic University of America

                        Life Cycle Institute Auditorium

                        620 Michigan Ave., N.E.

                        Washington, D.C.


DETAILS:         CUA’s schools of arts and sciences and theology and religious studies present “Social Work and Catholic Social Identity in Cuba,” by Dagoberto Valdes Hernandez, an internationally acclaimed Cuban religious and civic leader, in his first U.S. public appearance and his only one in Washington, D.C.


Hernandez is founder and director of the Consultoria Civica, which works with representatives from non-governmental organizations to promote democracy and social justice in Cuba. He is a member of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council on Justice and Peace and serves as executive secretary of the Cuban National Commission for Justice and Peace. Hernandez — who spent several years in a forced labor brigade in Cuba — is the recipient of the International Award of Prince Claus of Holland for Culture and Development as well as the Jan Karski Award for Valor and Compassion, which honors nominees whose life’s work exemplifies “a profound sense of humanity, extraordinary courage and the willingness to accept a burden to help others.”


The lecture is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact the Life Cycle Institute at 202-319-5999.


SPONSORS:     School of Arts and Sciences

                        School of Theology and Religious Studies


MEDIA:             To cover the event, contact the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.





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