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NKU to host Cuban journalist Elaine Díaz Rodríguez as part of National Hispanic Heritage Month


HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – After more than 50 years, the U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Cuba this summer – but what does a post-embargo Cuba look like, and what does it mean for the U.S.?

An international expert will visit Northern Kentucky University on Thursday to discuss “Cuba in an Era of Change.” The event is the keynote address in NKU’s celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Elaine Díaz Rodríguez is a Cuban blogger, journalist and former professor at the University of Havana. She is editor-in-chief of Periodismo de Barrio, an independent media outlet in Cuba.

She was part of the Draper Hills Summer Fellows Class of 2014 and she was a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University from 2014 until 2015.

“Elaine is a dynamic speaker who brings a unique perspective on this important topic,” said Leo Calderón, Director of Latino Programs and Services at NKU. “We are excited to have her lead this dialogue on our campus.”

The event is at noon on Thursday, Oct. 1 in the Griffin Hall Digitorium. It is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Office of Latino Programs & Services as part of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

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