Daughter of Che Guevara to discuss how to build a better world

Posted by ap507 at Nov 28, 2014 11:55 AM |
University of Leicester to host free public lecture by Aleida Guevara on 1 December 2014

Issued by the University of Leicester Press Office on 28 November

Aleida Guevara, daughter of famous revolutionary leader Che Guevara, will deliver a lecture on how to build a better world at the University of Leicester’s Henry Wellcome building as part of her UK tour.

The lecture on Monday 1 December is now fully booked.

A medically trained doctor, Aleida’s lecture, which has been organised by the University’s School of Psychology, will discuss universal healthcare in Cuba. Aleida is a doctor of medicine based at the William Soler Children's Hospital in Havana and has also worked as a physician in Angola, Ecuador, and Nicaragua.

She is also an advocate for human rights and debt relief for developing nations. She participates as a public speaker and activist at conferences, debates and festivals, such as the Subversive Festival in 2013 in Zagreb, Croatia, where she was guest speaker next to other notable public thinkers Slavoj Zizek and Tariq Ali.

She was also interviewed about the philosophy behind Cuba's universal healthcare in Michael Moore's film Sicko.

Aleida is also the author of the 2005 book Chávez, Venezuela and the New Latin America, where she interviewed Hugo Chávez, President of Venezuela from 1999 until his death in 2013.

Dr Stephen Melluish, Consultant Clinical Psychologist & Head of Clinical Practice at the University of Leicester, said: “Cuba is a political enigma. It survived the disintegration of the ‘socialist countries‘ in Europe and the Soviet Union, and continues to defy its Western critics. For many people across the developing world, it is an inspiration; celebrated for its healthcare, free education, support for anti-imperialist struggles and its internationalism with regards to disaster relief. 

“Dr Aleida Guevara embodies the revolutionary spirit of Cuba and that of her iconic father. As well as working as a paediatrician in Havana she is also a  public intellectual and activist  arguing against  global injustice and advocating for the hope that ‘a better world is possible’

“For the  University of Leicester,  having Dr Aleida Guevara  visit is a great honour and her talk ‘A better world is possible’ ties into contemporary debates in the UK around the necessity for social change to address the problem of  growing social and economic  inequality.”

Aleida Guevara is the daughter of Ernesto "Che" Guevara, a prominent figure in the Cuban Revolution (1956–59). He was executed by the Bolivian army in 1967, and since then has been regarded as an iconic hero of radicalism and anti-imperialism.

The free public lecture 'A better world is possible' will take place on 1 December from 4:30 - 5:30pm at the Frank & Katherine May lecture Theatre in the Henry Wellcome building at the University of Leicester. Please note that this lecture is now fully booked.


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