On June 10, 1963, President John F. Kennedy addressed AU's graduating class with a speech that has been called "one of the great state papers of American History." Entitled "A Strategy of Peace," it acknowledged the role that stereotypes and misrepresentation played in the Cold War.
Taking its cue from JFK's insights, the symposium organised by The Initiative for Russian Culture (IRC) at American University, will explore the advantages and shortfalls of the superpower mentality, the heightened expectations and disappointments of the post-Cold War era, and how to move beyond mutual stereotyping through cultural dialogue and personal contact.
This event is open to the public, but individual RSVP is required via IRC@american.edu by noon on Friday, April 12. Please include any professional or university affiliation and graduate or undergraduate status, if a student. Please bring government-issued ID's. Business attire is required.
First Panel 2:00-3:15 p.m.
John F. Kennedy (selection from the AU commencement address)
Sergei N. Khrushchev, Senior Fellow, International Studies, Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University
James W. Symington, Congressman, D-MO, 1969-1977
Coffee and Dessert Break 3:15-4:00 p.m.
Second Panel 4:00-6:00 p.m.
John Beyrle, U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation, 2008-2012
Vladimir O. Pechatnov, Chair, Department of European and American Studies, MGIMO University, Moscow
Allen Pietrobon, Graduate Student, American University
American University, Ward Building, Room 1.
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016
To find out more about the event visit Initiative for Russian Culture web-site.
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