When Prof. Lillian Guerra declared she would start her Readex-sponsored presentation at the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) annual conference with a joke, I was concerned:
Now, I must admit, my reaction was unwarranted. Guerra’s anecdote about life in the island nation of Cuba proved to be not only funny, but also telling of the many restrictions Cubans face every day and the steps some are willing to take to openly express opinions.
Considering tight travel restrictions and the United States’ long-standing embargo against the Republic of Cuba, many Americans have a limited view of the island nation and few have stepped foot there themselves.
At a special ALA breakfast event in Las Vegas, Guerra drew back the curtain and provided a first-hand view of Cuba most in attendance had never seen. In a follow-up survey, attendees wrote:
“Dr. Guerra used a combination of scholarship and personal experiences to give us an overview of this fascinating country.”
“The speaker was excellent. She's one of the best I heard at the conference.”
“It was probably the most interesting session I attended at ALA. I left feeling pleased that I had gone and am now interested in Dr. Guerra's research.”
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