Initiative for Russian Culture Symposium: Ending the Cold War

The Initiative for Russian Culture (IRC) at American University presents the symposium Ending the Cold War: Culture and Dialogue in the Reagan-Gorbachev Era

This event is open to the public: RSVP is required via by noon on Friday, April 11 (and please note dress/ID requirments below). A reception from 4:00 to 6:00 follows the symposium.

Symposium Panel Discussion, 1:30-4:00:

The Honorable Selwa Roosevelt
Chief of Protocol of the United States (1982-1989)

Suzanne Massie
Author and Consultant to President Reagan on Russian Culture (1984-1988)

John Evans
Deputy Director of the Soviet Desk, US State Department (1986-1989)

Pavel R. Palazhchenko
Chief English Interpreter for Gorbachev and Shevardnadze (1985-1991) and Senior Official for US and Canada Desk, USSR Foreign Ministry (1987-1990)

RSVP and Event/Transportation Details:

Please bring government-issued IDs. Business attire is required for the symposium.

Please include any professional or university affiliation and graduate or undergraduate status, if you are a student.

Transportation will be provided from Consortium schools Georgetown, GW, GMU, and UMD College Park at a minimum and other schools dependent upon RSVPs. If you are a non-student but plan to use IRC transportation, please indicate it in your RSVP.

If you intend to take Metro, the AU shuttle runs continuously between Tenleytown Metro station and campus. Take the Nebraska Avenue stop just before Ward Circle. Katzen Arts Center is on the north side of Ward Circle by the shuttle stop.

Please find further transportation information for American University at:

There will be no valet parking provided, as the entire event is in the Katzen Arts Center, which has an underground garage. The symposium is fully accessible with elevators from the garage to both the symposium and reception areas. Please indicate in your RSVP if you require any accommodation so that we may provide it without delay.

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