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Date: Thursday, October 17, 2013

Time: Membership Social at 7:30
Program at 8:00 p.m.

Location: Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St. (behind the Visitor's Center) Directions and Map
Access: Open to the public and free for members, students and accompanying family members, educators and active military and their dependents. $10.00 charge for non-members.

Mr. Frank Calzon


The relationship between the United States and Cuba is rich with history, and includes periods of friendship and more recently, an extended period of very strained and occasionally violent actions. While we have seen some opening of travel between the two neighbors there is still an official chill between them. Is this changing? Will we see a period of friendly exchanges, reductions in sanctions and travel restrictions, and even a return of the American tourist to those beautiful Havana beaches? Our speaker, a Cuban emigre, will address the current situation and possible future directions.


Frank Calzon is currently the Executive Director of the Center for a Free Cuba. Born in Cuba and trained as a Political Scientist at Rutgers (BA Political Science) and at Georgetown (MA Comparative Politics,) he has testified on Cuba before Congressional committees and the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva. Mr. Calzon served for 10 years as the Washington representative for Freedom House, the respected human rights organization. He has written many articles for major dailies in the United States and elsewhere, and has appeared in many radio and TV programs. His work at the Center for a free Cuba entails the development and maintenance of contacts with the Congress, the diplomatic corps and democratic government officials around the world.


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