Common Misconceptions About Cuba

Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: via Zoom  Fee: $15 in advance

Cuba tends to be characterized in media and film as a Caribbean paradise favored by organized crime in America, which established a foothold there in the 1940’s and, in more recent times, by young visitors who stage decadent bachelor parties and smoke fabled Cuban cigars. In reality, Cuba has a long and rich history that began with the first voyage of exploration by Christopher Columbus in 1492. The capital city, originally named San Cristobal de La Habana, was established in 1519 and, over the next four centuries, became an important center of international commerce and culture in the New World.  A remark made often by people who are curious about Cuba is that they would “like to see it before it changes.”  This implies that Cuba, since 1959, has espoused a desirable economic, social and political model. Ironically, such people should have experienced Cuba before it changed from a culturally vibrant society and economy to a backward and repressive totalitarian system of government.

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*Please note the new date - this program was originally scheduled for March 2, 2021.

Carlos E. Castellanos was born in Cuba and is a member of a family formerly well established in Cuba. His ancestors migrated from Spain and France to Cuba between the 16th and 18th centuries. As a result of the Castro revolution in 1959, his immediate family emigrated to the United States and settled in New York. Since then, multiple members of his family have established roots throughout New England, including in Vermont, having attended prep schools and colleges in the region. An American citizen, Mr. Castellanos lives in East Dorset and allocates his time to writing and painting, both lifelong pursuits, and to philanthropic and business activities, specifically international finance, and research of political, economic and social developments in less developed countries. He was a correspondent and editor of a Financial Times weekly publication, “International Reports.”