The Walpole Public Library, 143 School St., will host “Cuba After Castro: A Country in Transition,” a selection of high-grade photos with a talk by traveler and photojournalist Barry Pell, at 7 p.m. March 26 in the Community Room.

Cuba is a nation of paradoxes — a leader in health and education, but with shortages of basic foods and consumer goods; among the highest literacy rates in Latin America, but with constraints on free speech; magnificent restored colonial architecture side by side with blocks of dilapidated and crumbling apartment buildings.

Kept in a time warp for decades by an economic system controlled exclusively by the government, and exacerbated by the United States embargo, Cuba is now emerging to allow private businesses, private property ownership, and public internet access.

Pell traveled to Cuba in 2000 and returned in 2019 to speak with the Cuban people and observe the changes. In this program, accompanied by his photography, he will discuss how its people are embracing and benefiting from the changes, while remaining devoted to the nation’s revolutionary ideals and cultural heritage.

Pell is a world traveler and photojournalist. He has traveled widely over five decades, visiting and documenting landscapes and cultures in nearly 170 countries and on all continents. Pell has also lived and traveled in China, eastern Europe, north Africa and South America. He currently lectures on international cultures at schools, universities and institutions in the Boston area.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Walpole Public Library. Admission is free.

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