Presentation at Barry University - Under the Wings of God, December 1, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.

On the Fiftieth Anniversary of Operation Pedro Pan

Miami, Florida – On Wednesday, December 1, 2010, at 7:00 PM, in the Gato Gallery at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida, Operation Pedro Pan Group, Inc., will be hosting the presentation “UNDER THE WINGS OF GOD, on the Fiftieth Anniversary of Operation Pedro Pan.” The event is co-sponsored by Barry University and its University Archives and Historical Collections, its Office of International and Multicultural Programs, and its Department of History and Political Science.

Operation Pedro Pan was created by the Catholic Welfare Bureau of Miami, in December 1960, at the request of parents in Cuba to provide an opportunity for unaccompanied children to flee the island to avoid forced Marxist-Leninist indoctrination. To commemorate the anniversary of this significant episode in the history of both Cuba and the United States, the now men and women who, as children, participated in this exodus are planning many activities under the sponsorship of Operation Pedro Pan Group, Inc., their nonprofit, charitable organization. The presentation at Barry University, the repository of the Pedro Pan papers in the university’s archives, is part of the group’s efforts to document and make better known the history of this episode, especially among young people. A panel of former Pedro Pan children, Carmen Valdivia, Carmencita Romañach and Juan Pujol will look back on events now fifty years in the past and provide first-hand accounts on what became a triumph of the human spirit in overcoming personal tragedy and adversity as well as a moving testimony of the depths of parental love for their children.

Light refreshments will be served following the presentation which is free and open to the public.

WHAT: UNDER THE WINGS OF GOD - On the Fiftieth Anniversary of Operation Pedro Pan
WHEN: Wednesday, December 1, 2010, 7:00 pm
WHERE: Gato Gallery, Thompson Hall, Barry University
11300 N. E. Second Avenue. Miami Shores, Fl 33161

(For directions to Barry University and the location of Thompson Hall - Building #2 on the University’s campus map – and the Gato Gallery located on its second floor, please visit the University’s website at:

RSVP: Department of History and Political Science
Barry University
(305) 899-3780 Mondays through Fridays, 9:00 am-2:00 pm.