Kent Library Presenting Athenaeum Series ‘Cuba: Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow’ Oct. 7

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 22, 2008 – Kent Library’s Athenaeum Fall Series and the Baptist Student Union will welcome back Southeast Missouri State University alumnus Edward “Ned” Walsh as he presents “Cuba: Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow” at 6:30 p.m., Oct. 7, in Sadie’s Place in Kent Library on the Southeast campus.

The presentation will include:

Yesterday: A thumbnail sketch of Cuban history from the 1860s to the 1959 Cuban Revolution starting with the failed efforts of various revolutionary factions within Cuba and their failure to defeat the rule of colonial Spain to the rise of Fidel Castro and his communist model of government.  

Today:  The contemporary scene inside Cuba and the political, economic and the “tropicalization of the China model”. The impact of the U.S. embargo Helms/Burton Bill, the passing of the Fidel Castro era and the current status of the Raul Castro regime will also be discussed.

Tomorrow:  The question will be addressed as to the survival of the current communist system and some indicators as to where history is taking Cuba in the future.

A question and answer session will follow.

Walsh graduated from Southeast with a bachelor of arts degree in history and a minor in political science.  He then went on to receive a master of religious education degree from Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo.  Walsh was very active in the Baptist Student Union program while attending Southeast and became the very first member to be sent abroad as a student summer missionary.

Walsh has made over 40 trips to Cuba and lived with Cuban families.  He was the first U.S. citizen to be approved by the Cuban Ministry of Education to teach at the University of Matanzas and has been published in the “Chronicle of Higher Education” regarding his teaching experience at a Cuban university.  He assisted the North Carolina Department of Agriculture to organize an agri-business delegation to Cuba and worked with Cuban authorities to establish the agenda for this delegation and met with Cuban government leaders in the offices of the Central Committee in Havana.  Walsh has led numerous humanitarian, medical and religious delegations from the United States to Cuba.

Walsh currently resides with his wife in Princeton, N.C., where he serves as the executive director of the Johnston County Habitat for Humanity and is currently working on a documentary on the life and death of Frank Pais, a Cuban revolutionary hero and the son of a Cuban Baptist pastor in Santiago de Cuba.