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Cuban student leaders to visit local universities

Two Cuban student leaders will make the rounds of local universities next week as speakers, the first such exchange permitted by the U.S. government since 2002, according to a news release.

Representing the Federation of University Students will be Yenaivis Fuentes Ascencio, 23, born in Guantánamo, and finishing her undergraduate medical studies in Havana; and Aníbal Ramos Socarrás, 30, born in Manzanillo, a third-year graduate student in surgery at the University of Granma.

They will speak April 5 at American University, April 6 at the Howard University Law School, April 7 at the Howard College of Arts and Sciences, and April 8 at the University of Maryland and Bowie State.

It looks like the medical students have truly made the rounds.

According to Wikipedia, the FEU (literally, Federación Estudiantíl Universitaria) was created by Julio Antonio Mella, a co-founder of the Cuban Communist Party. Local student organizers say the federation is now the principal Cuban organization of post-secondary students and functions as the student government.

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By Daniel de Vise  |  April 1, 2010; 6:39 AM ET
Categories:  Students  | Tags: Bowie State University, Howard University, Student government, University of Maryland  
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Ascencio and Socarras will speak at Bowie State University on April 8 at 11 a.m. in the Center for Learning and Technology building, Room 102. The BSU campus community is looking forward to hearing from them.


Posted by: TammiThomas | April 1, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Exchange? So,that means we are sending to Cuba some Americans student leaders?

Posted by: julcubdish | April 2, 2010 1:56 AM | Report abuse

Exchange? So,that means we are sending to Cuba some Americans student leaders?

Posted by: julcubdish | April 2, 2010 1:57 AM | Report abuse

This is good news indeed. I hope more people can come from Cuba and visit. I'd like to see some of their chefs and musical artists.

Posted by: Ricardo3 | April 2, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

I hope more Americans can go to Cuba and speak about freedom and democracy,something Cuba lacks.So,no more exchange,just a visit,eh WAPO?

Posted by: julcubdish | April 2, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

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