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Russian Historian Will Speak About "Russian Politics Today"

V. Sogrine
(l-r) Davidson history professor Earl Edmondson and Vladimir Sogrine

A longtime historian from the Moscow State Institute of International Affairs, Vladimir V. Sogrine, will give two public lectures about "Russian Politics Today" to local audiences during a two-week residency at Davidson College.

Sogrine will speak at Davidson on Wednesday night, April 12, at 7 p.m. in the 900 Room of the College Union, and at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 7, in Grace Auditorium at Belmont Abbey College.

Sogrine has taught about Russian political systems to university students in Moscow for more than 20 years, and he is also knowledgeable of American and British history. His 170-plus publications include a book about the founding fathers of the U.S., a biography of Thomas Jefferson, and a monograph on contemporary British historiography. He has written about the U.S. Democratic party, and also presidents and democracy. For 15 years he has been editor of the Social Science Journal.

He comes to Davidson to initiate a new faculty exchange program between the two institutions. Earl Edmondson, professor of history at Davidson, will reciprocate Sogrine's visit with two weeks at the Moscow State Institute of International Affairs in September. It will be Edmondson's first visit to Russia, and a valuable experience to apply in the classes he teaches on 20th Century Russia and the Russian Revolution.

While in Moscow, Edmondson will meet with another Moscow State Institute Professor, Vladimir Pechatnov, in connection their planned publication of a book on the origins of the Cold War. Those two men are writing the story from the Russian perspective, while Edmondson's Davidson history department colleague, Ralph Levering, is writing up the American perspective. The book, which is intended for American college students, will be published by Rowman and Littlefield, probably in 2001.

Sogrine has visited the U.S. on previous occasions, including a summer school session at Columbia University and a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to his public lectures, he will meet be a guest in Davidson classes, and address a breakfast meeting of the Corporate Affiliates of Davidson's Dean Rusk Program in International Studies.

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