Events

Spanish and Spanish American Studies lecture

The Alumni Office and was proud to host a very special guest at an event organised in conjunction with the Department of Spanish & Spanish American Studies. Dianna Melrose, (French & Spanish, 1973) is currently H.M. Ambassador to Cuba. She returned to her alma mater to give a fascinating talk about her life after King’s and her experiences as H.M. Ambassador to one of the most controversial and fascinating countries in the world.

The Ambassador's talk covered a range of topics which included stories of her childhood, growing up as a diplomat’s daughter in South America, and how the poverty and inequality she encountered has shaped her life and career. She outlined her journey from a Spanish translator after graduation to her appointment as H.M. Ambassador to Cuba in July 2008.

The Ambassador talked at length about the current social and economic conditions in the country and painted a vivid picture of life under the Communist leadership. She discussed the opportunity for change in Cuba with the official handover of power between the Castro brothers and how the new US President may approach the country.

The event took place in the River Room, one of the attractive new rooms in the renovated South Wing of the Strand Building with pleasant views of the Thames.

Alumni from every decade between the 1950s to 2000s were represented and everyone had the opportunity to chat and with the Ambassador at the reception following her talk.

The event was also attended by Vice Principal Keith Hoggart and Professor Robert Archer, Head of the Spanish & Spanish American Studies Department who presented the Ambassador with gifts to remember her return visit to King’s.


 

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