The Christian Resistance to Communism in Cuba

Monday, April 16, 2018 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Graves Hall, 112 Winants Auditorium and Gallery
263 College Avenue, Holland, MI 49423-3646

On Monday, April 16, 2018 Markets and Morality and the Saint Benedict Institute will co-host The Christian Resistance to Communism in Cuba. The event will be held at 7:00PM in Winants Auditorium at Hope College. 

The evening will include personal testimonies from Miguel Abrahantes and Amaurys Rodriguez-Matos followed by a lecture from John Suarez. John Suarez is a human rights activist and a program officer of the Washington D.C. based Center for a Free Cuba. He holds degrees from Florida International University and Spain’s Universidad Francisco de Vitoria. He has hosted the radio program Valores Humanos (Human Values) for the Cuban Democratic Directorate's radio station, Radio Republica. Suarez has spoken on various occasions before the United Nations Human Rights Commission, before the current UN Human Rights Council, and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to denounce human rights abuses. He is the author of monographs published by the Center of Studies for a National Option and reproduced in both El Nuevo Herald and in The Miami Herald. Additionally, he has had opinion pieces published in Florida Today, Fox News Latino, Panampost, The Daily Signal, Dissident and Newsweek. 

Cuban-native Miguel Abrahantes is an Associate Professor of Engineering at Hope College. He received his engineering doctorate in control systems from the Universidad Nacional del Sur in Argentina in 2000 and has been a teaching at Hope since 2003.

Amaurys Rodriguez-Matos, a university professor from Cuba, arrived in the USA a little over 1 year ago with his wife and four children. The Rodriguez-Matos family came into the U.S. just in time to qualify under the Cuban Haitian Entry Program for refugees from these countries. The family is being sponsored by St. Francis de Sales Church in Holland while Grace Episcopal Church is providing them with a home.

This event is co-sponsored by Latino Student Organization, Campus Ministries, Center for Diversity and Inclusion, and the departments of Economics and Business, Political Science, and Engineering.

Event Type

Academics, Social Sciences Division, Economics and Business, Natural & Applied Sciences Division, Engineering, Political Science, Campus-Life, Campus Ministries, Student Development, Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Latino Student Organization

John Suarez, Center for a Free Cuba, also featuring Prof. Miguel Abrahantes, Engineering

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