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Ten Years Later: Russia and the Former Soviet Union a Decade After the End of the USSR

Dec.7th, 2001-- 4:15pm --Quad 346, SJU

Nicholas Hayes, University Chair of Critical Thinking

Looking backward, with few exceptions, Russia and the new nations formed out of what was the USSR have undergone a social holocaust that in the ten years since the formal demise of the USSR have left the population impoverished, the government corrupt, and the nation humiliated. Drawing upon an article in progress and a recent PBS television project in Russia and Central Asia, Prof. Hayes will focus on three main issues in the post-communist era: 1) The social and economic collapse 1992-98; 2) the demography of lowering life expectancies, rising infectious diseases and population loss; and 3) the emergence of a presidential state from Boris Yeltsin to Vladimir. The presentation will end with a focus on the apparent diplomatic revolution that has brought Moscow and Washington into a new partnership in the wake of September 11.

Friday, December 7th

Little Theater, Quad 346, SJU

4:15-5:15pm