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Passion, Prose, and Poetry: Georgian Court Alumni Channel Passions into the Written Word

Authors Robert Tanner III, Catherine Duggan, Stephen Peacock, Victoria Porcello Meghdi, and Francis Gregory Pasch have all gone on to live interesting and creatively fruitful lives since graduating from Georgian Court.

Authors Robert Tanner III, Catherine Duggan, Stephen Peacock, Victoria Porcello Meghdi, and Francis Gregory Pasch have a...

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Fidel Castro’s Daughter Alina Shares Her Story

As Alina Fernández tells it, the revolution that has smothered freedom in Cuba for more than 50 years has never stifled the desire of Cubans for better lives.

The exiled daughter of Fidel Castro pensively told the dozens of students, faculty, staff, and members of the community in the GCU Casino on March 11 that she “hopes someday that will happen.”

In the meantime, Ms. Fernández said, she will continue to offer her personal witness of events that transformed Cuba into a repressed nation and impacted much of the entire world.

Ms. Fernández, who fled Cuba in 1993, is the author of Castro’s Daughter: An Exile’s Memoir of Cuba and host of a Miami radio show, Simplemente Alina (“Simply Alina”), on which she often interviews artists and musicians. Working with artistry herself during the presentation at GCU, Ms. Fernandez created a picture of the revolution as she had known it, brushed with pathos, color, and touches of humor.

As Alina Fernández tells it, the revolution that has smothered freedom in Cuba for more than 50 years has never stifled...

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Papal Historian Reflects on Pope Francis’s First Year

In the historic run up to the election of Argentinean Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergolio as pope, Church historian Christopher Bellitto spoke almost nonstop with national and international media organizations as they explored the possibilities and probabilities for the successor to St. Peter’s throne.

But, as he said during a recent talk at Georgian Court, the selection of the first Jesuit, the first Pope Francis, and first pope from the new world, surprised him and millions of others.

Dr. Bellitto, a frequent contributor to CNN and other outlets, spoke to a GCU audience of 130 students, faculty, staff, and members of the community during the university’s March 11 discussion of Pope Francis’ first year.

The Catholicism expert took listeners back in time to what would turn out to be the night of Francis’s election. Dr. Bellitto said he was determinedly preparing what is known as “b copy” —or background content—when his wife called and told him to stop writing and wait to see whom the cardinals had elected.

And, he acknowledged, the appearance of Francis on the balcony was, as it turns out, not only surprising but transformative.

In the historic run up to the election of Argentinean Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergolio as pope, Church historian Christophe...

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