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FIDEL 101: CUBAN UNIVERSITY FOUNDS CASTRO STUDIES DEPARTMENT

April 14, 2017 | Uhuruspirit

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The University of Havana on Thursday inaugurated an honorary chair for the study of the thought and works of former Cuban President Fidel Castro, state media reported.

The department will examine the "revolutionary path" of Fidel Castro, especially his "commitment to independence, social justice, solidarity and confrontation of the principal dilemmas of humanity," said University of Havana rector Gustavo Cobreiro.

Cuban historian Francisca Lopez Civeira, professor emeritus of the University of Havana, will lead the multidisciplinary department, the official newspaper Granma reported.

Fidel Castro died in November aged 90. In a dying wish, he asked that no public institutions or monuments be named after him.

His desire to avoid the development of a cult of personality was reflected in a bill passed by the National Assembly in December.

The law approved by the unicameral legislature forbids the use of Castro's name "to name institutions, plazas, parks, streets and other public places, as well as any type of decoration, recognition or honorary title."

The legislation also limits the use of the Cuban revolutionary leader's image for commercial advertising purposes.

However, the law makes an exception for the naming of a future institution to study Castro and his contributions to the nation's history.

It also allows the long-common use of Castro iconography and images in public events, as well as the display of photos in schools, workplaces, military installations and other public institutions.

- dpa



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