It appears that the state of Illinois is a hotbed for admirers of Fidel and Raul Castro who not only have no qualms with Cuba’s totalitarian dictatorship, they also find its revolutionary history where tens of thousands of Cubans have been executed, hundreds of thousands imprisoned, and millions enslaved by a brutal despot to be “exhilarating.”
Yesterday we learned of the Illinois Farm Bureau members who did not mind one bit being watched, supervised, and completely controlled by Castro State Security during their visit to Cuba. Today, we learn the Northern Illinois University Alumni Association is also planning a vacation jaunt to the communist island.
The focal point of this adventure? The exhilarating history of Fidel Castro’s violent and deadly revolution.
Alumni Association plans spring trip to Cuba
As a result, its exhilarating history, exotic landscapes and rich culture have been accessible primarily through movies and the media.
The NIU Alumni Association has been granted a specific license from the Department of the Treasury for a cultural exchange to Cuba.
Scheduled from Sunday, March 31, through Monday, April 8, this cultural exchange brings history and rich culture together through a people-to-people exploration that combines fascinating excursions with insightful commentary and direct contact with Cuban citizens.
Issues for examination in Cuba include the agricultural industry, socialized medicine, historical and architectural development of Havana, contemporary arts in Cuba, the importance of dance and music to the culture, education and its revolutionary history.
Travelers will interact with students, teachers, doctors, farmers, local gardeners, community workers, artists, musicians, dancers and performers.
This program, which costs an estimated $4,175, is open to all 2013 Legacy members of the NIU Alumni Association. Not a Legacy member? Visit MyNIU.com or call (815) 753-1452 to become a Legacy member and take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime travel opportunity.
For more information, contact Pat Anderson at (815) 753-1512 or firstname.lastname@example.org.