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Sergei Khrushchev to Discuss Cold War Stereotypes at American University

WHO: Sergei N. Khrushchev, formerly a senior fellow with Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies and son of the late U.S.S.R. premier Nikita Khrushchev

Anton Fedyashin, executive director of American University’s Initiative for Russian Culture (moderator for first panel)

Eric Lohr, Susan E. Lehrman Chair of Russian History and Culture at American University (moderator for second panel)

James W. Symington, former Congressman (D-MO, 1969-1977)

John Beyrle, former U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation (2008-2012)

Vladimir O. Pechatnov, chair of the Department of European and American Studies, MGIMO University–Moscow

Allen Pietrobon, American University graduate student

WHAT: Symposium: The Strength of Dialogue: In Honor of JFK’s Commencement Address (1963–2013)

WHEN: Saturday, April 13

First panel 2 to 3:15 p.m

Coffee break: 3:15 to 4 p.m.

Second panel: 4 to 6 p.m.

Reception: immediately following conclusion of second panel at 6 p.m.

WHERE: Room 1, Ward Circle Building, American University

DETAILS: Members of the news media are invited to cover the event. Reporters who are interested in attending to cover either panel discussion, please RSVP by noon on Friday, April 12, to barrett@american.edu or 202-885-5951. Reporters will have the opportunity to interview panelists immediately following each panel’s student Q & A session. Members of the news media covering either panel are invited to attend the reception immediately following the conclusion of the second panel at 6 p.m.

As part of American University’s continuing celebration of the 50th anniversary of “A Strategy of Peace,” President John F. Kennedy’s speech delivered as AU’s 1963 commencement speech, American University’s Initiative for Russian Culture will host the symposium The Strength of Dialogue: In Honor of JFK's Commencement Address (1963-2013) from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 in Room 1 of AU’s Ward Circle Building.

Panelists include Sergei N. Khrushchev, formerly a senior fellow with Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies and son of the late U.S.S.R. premier Nikita Khrushchev. Anton Fedyashin, the executive director of AU’s Initiative for Russian Culture and an expert on Russian and Soviet history, will moderate the first panel. Eric Lohr, the Susan E. Lehrman Chair of Russian History and Culture at AU, will moderate the second panel. For other participants, see schedule below.

President Kennedy delivered “A Strategy of Peace,” on June 10, 1963 at American University’s commencement ceremony. The speech, described as “one of the greatest state papers of American History,” called for a nuclear weapons test ban treaty between the United States and the U.S.S.R.—a radical idea at the height of the Cold War. The speech also called to light the role that stereotypes played in amplifying the discord between the two superpowers.

Taking its cue from the speech, the symposium will explore the advantages and shortfalls of the superpower mentality, the heightened expectations and disappointment of the post-Cold War era, and how Americans and Russians can move beyond mutual stereotyping through cultural dialogue and personal contact.

SCHEDULEFirst Panel 2:00-3:15 p.m.John F. Kennedy (selection from the AU commencement address)Sergei N. Khrushchev, formerly a senior fellow with Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies and son of the late U.S.S.R. premier Nikita Khrushchev

James W. Symington, former Congressman (D-MO, 1969-1977)

Anton Fedyashin, executive director of AU’s Initiative for Russian Culture (moderator)

Coffee and Dessert Break 3:15-4:00 p.m.Second Panel 4:00-6:00 p.m.John Beyrle, former U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation (2008-2012)Vladimir O. Pechatnov, chair of the Department of European and American Studies, MGIMO University–MoscowAllen Pietrobon, American University graduate student

Eric Lohr, Susan E. Lehrman Chair of Russian History and Culture (moderator)

Reception 6 p.m.

American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.

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