FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Paul Nugent, Executive Director
Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council
$20 for the General Public; Free for SECWAC members and students
Waterford, CT (November 26, 2018) – The Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) announced today that Rob Hernandez is to speak on ‘Cuba, the Conflicted Isle: can it reconcile its past while creating a new future?’ at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, at the Old Lyme Country Club, 40 McCurdy Road, Old Lyme, CT.
Rob Hernandez, an international business consultant and lecturer on global issues for the National Geographic, universities and corporations, will discuss the current status of Cuba in the context of its historical relationship with the United States. Specifically, Rob will recount the long and often tortured history of U.S.-Cuba relations, describe the reality on the ground today, and discuss possible solutions to the five decades of seemingly irreconcilable differences between the two neighbors.
A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the main event beginning at 6:00 p.m. The presentation is a part of the SECWAC 2018-2019 Speaker Series. For non-members, tickets ($20) may be purchased at the door; ticket cost can subsequently be applied towards a SECWAC membership. Attendance is free for SECWAC members (and their guests). Membership September 2018 through June 2019 is $75; $25 for young professionals under 35; free for area college and high school students.
Immediately following the presentation, SECWAC meeting attendees have the option for $35 to attend a dinner with the speaker at the Old Lyme Country Club. Dinner reservations are required by Thursday, December 6, at 860-912-5718.
Reporters are welcome to attend as guests of the SECWAC Board. Interested reporters should contact Paul Nugent at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-388-9241.
Born in the U.S. but raised in Spain and Cuba—and Essex, Rob Hernandez has worked extensively around the world for more than 40 years. An ecologist by education, he spent his early career doing field research and documenting through film and photography many of the world’s more remote places, work that has appeared in many leading global publications. As part of those endeavors, he spent a year in Africa filming a television special on lions and, in his early twenties, spent two years circumnavigating the Pacific and Indian Oceans in a 29 ft. sailboat. Since then he’s continued to lead numerous expeditions to Africa, the Arctic and Antarctic, Southeast Asia, New Guinea, and South America, among others.
This led to a 30-year career at the National Geographic Society (NGS) where he served in numerous capacities, including senior editor of the National Geographic magazine, head of Strategic Planning, and later as Senior Vice President, founder and head of the Society’s International Publishing Division. In that role, he established NGS offices in more than 35 countries and published books, magazines, maps, DVDs, websites and a broad range of other digital media in over 40 languages. Very committed to NGS’s non-profit missions, he was also heavily involved in the scientific, educational, and conservation initiatives of the organization. Most recently, he completed his career at the Walt Disney Co. where he ran Disney’s Magazine Publishing Worldwide Co. producing more than 400 local-language magazine titles and other publications for sale throughout the globe. Now semi-retired, he lives in Essex and works as an international business consultant and lecturer on global issues for the National Geographic, universities, and corporations. He has traveled to Cuba often in the last 3 decades and looks forward to sharing with you his insights about this enigmatic island.
SECWAC is a regional, nonprofit, membership organization affiliated with the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA). The organization dates back to 1999, and has continued to arrange 8-10 Speaker Series meetings annually, between September and June. The meetings range in foreign affairs topics, and are hosted at venues along the I-95 corridor, welcoming members and guests from Stonington to Old Saybrook, and beyond.
SECWAC’s mission is “to foster an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs through study, debate, and educational programming.” It provides a forum for nonpartisan, non-advocacy dialogue between members and speakers, who can be U.S. policymakers, educators, authors, and other experts on foreign relations. Learn more at http://secwac.org.
CALENDAR LISTING: Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) presents ‘Cuba, the Conflicted Isle: can it reconcile its past while creating a new future’ with Rob Hernandez on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 6:00 p.m. at Old Lyme Country Club, 40 McCurdy Road, Old Lyme, CT 06371. Free for members. Annual membership is $75; $25 for young professionals under 35, and free for area students. More information at http://secwac.org.
The mission of the Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) is to foster an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs by study, debate, and educational programming, primarily through a Speakers Series of 8 to 10 monthly meetings.