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Worcester State University to Host Panel on Ukraine

March 22, 2022
By: Rebecca Cross

Worcester State faculty will speak about current events in Ukraine at a panel discussion on Thursday, March 24, at 2:30 p.m. Topics include 100 years of Russian interference and Ukrainian resistance, Russia’s response to democratization in former Soviet areas, and U.S.-Russian relations and nuclear threat.

“The events in Ukraine in the past few weeks have been dramatic, heart-rending, and have captured our collective attention,” said the panel’s facilitator, Charlotte Haller, chair of the History and Political Science Department. Thursday’s panel will “be a lively, engaging and thought-provoking event that will help us all situate the recent events within their broader historical and political context,” Haller said.

Many of the department’s faculty have taken class time to discuss the war, think through the kinds of questions to ask when reading the news or scrolling through social media, and provide context to the unfolding situation. The panel will highlight the work of three experts who teach in the department:

  • Erin Renihan, a historian of the Cold War who is currently researching the efforts of Eastern European cultural groups to attain independence for their home countries during the 1980s;
  • Megan Sethi, a historian of the Cold War and science and technology focusing upon nuclear history; and
  • Thomas Wood, a political scientist specializing in Central Asia and the foreign policy and international relations of former Soviet small states.

The 90-minute-long event will be held over Zoom and is open to all. Register to attend.

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