The social, cultural, and environmental development of Cuban society will be the topic of the next lecture in the third annual Roane State Community College–Oak Ridge Institute for Continued Learning Intergenerational Lecture Series.
Henry Heredia, an international relations specialist from Havana, Cuba, will speak on Monday, October 31, at 4 p.m. in the City Room (A-111) in Roane State’s Coffey-McNally Building on the Oak Ridge Campus at the corner of Briarcliff Avenue and Laboratory Road.
He will also speak on how the perceptions that Cubans and Americans have of each other have changed since President Barack Obama’s announcement in December 2014 that normalized American relations with the island nation. People across the U.S. are curious to know more about Cuba and its people, and some Americans have already visited Cuba, prompting changes in perceptions.
An engaging lecturer who speaks English fluently, Heredia can address many questions Americans have regarding Cuban culture, education, history, and social and environmental policies, a press release said. Since 2013, he has lectured at numerous prestigious institutions in the U.S.
He has a degree in education from the Pedagogical University in Havana. He has also studied at the Higher Institute of International Relations Raul Roa.
Since 2011, Heredia has managed academic exchanges for the Cuban Institute for Cultural Research in Juan Marinello. Previously, he served as an international relations coordinator for the Cuban Writers and Artists Association. He has more than 15 years of experience with the environmental and community group Project Espiral, of which he is a founding member.
Refreshments will be served at 3:30 p.m. October 31 in the lobby of the 120-seat auditorium near the building entrance.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
This press release was submitted by Carolyn Krause.