LEWISTON — Ariel Dacal Diaz, a popular Cuban educator and writer, will lead a talk titled “Preserving the Cuban Revolution During ‘Normalization’ ” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, in the Edmund S. Muskie Archives at Bates College, 70 Campus Ave.

Presented by the Harward Center for Community Partnerships at Bates, this Civic Forum event is open to the public. For more information, please contact 207-786-6202.

The Civic Forum Series invites audiences to contemplate civic, political and policy issues significant to Maine and beyond. The Harward Center for Community Partnerships supports Bates students, faculty and staff in realizing the college’s civic mission through partnerships that connect the college and the community in mutually beneficial and transformative ways.

Dacal Diaz will discuss U.S-Cuban relations past and present, the changing nature of that relationship and the aspects of Cuba’s economy and society that Cubans will seek to preserve.

Since 2008, he has belonged to the popular-education team at El Centro Memorial Martin Luther King Jr. (the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Center) in Havana. He designs and implements training for social activists in Cuba and abroad, specifically in the areas of participation, politics and power, community work, communications, gender, group work and group coordination.

He has traveled to 22 countries throughout Europe, Africa and Latin America to conduct research and facilitate popular education workshops.

Dacal Diaz was born in Camaguey, Cuba. He earned a doctorate in historical sciences, a master’s degree in contemporary history and a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Havana.

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