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Guantanamo Bay - You CAN Handle the Truth

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Mar 11, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
NCC Campus N12 (Multipurpose Center)
250 Sierra College Dr., Grass Valley, CA 95945
No charge. Parking $3
Sara Casler, scasler@sierracollege.edu

One family's occasionally surreal journey through two years of everyday life in the shadow of the world's most notorious detention center.

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Keynote for the Semana Latina event.

What happens when you take an average family from California and drop them down in an isolated corner of eastern Cuba that also just happens to be the site of the world’s most notorious detention center? From Camp America to Camp X-Ray and back to Marblehead Lanes for Cosmic Bowling, Kristanne and Sid Heaton and their two children experienced everything that civilized life had to offer on Naval Station Guantánamo Bay while Mrs. Heaton taught at the base school serving the dependents of service members.

Travel along with the Heaton family as they share their often surreal journey through two years of everyday life in the absurdist paradise of GTMO and its 47 square miles of cognitive dissonance, where “living on island time” is one part Fantasy Island and one part Gulag Archipelago. You’ll hear what it’s like to attend military commissions for the notorious “9/11 Five” at Camp Justice, beachcomb for exotic shells beneath the razor wire of the Camp Delta detention center, and, importantly, how to distinguish the detonation sensations of expired ordnance from actual earthquakes. Bring your flip-flops, but mind the concertina -- we’re going to Gitmo!

Kristanne Heaton is a history teacher for the Ghidotti Early College High School. She and her family have recently returned from living in Guantanamo Bay for two years. Their stories are thought provoking and their personal observations are sure to tap into current social dynamics.

6:00pm - Reception

6:30pm - Presentation

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