Lehman College to Sponsor ‘Dialogue on Russia and China Today’

Bronx, NY – Lehman College announced today that it will hold a major symposium both in 2006 and 2007 to explore the issues confronting Russia and China in today’s world. Ambassador Andrey I. Denisov, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations, will lead off this year’s symposium, on Saturday, March 25, with an address at 10 a.m. at the opening session.

The day-long symposium, entitled “A Dialogue on Russia and China Today,” is free and open to the public. Afternoon events will be devoted to the theme “Changing Perspectives: Rediscovering the Past to Understand the Present and Envision the Future” and will include a panel discussion with distinguished scholars of Russia and China, a film showing, and the opening of an exhibit featuring historical photographs as well as contemporary publications related to the two nations.

“The culture and history of these two important, long-standing nations—and their continued economic, social and political development—bear directly on the future of the United States and the many challenges we face in common,” said Dr. Anthony Garro, Lehman’s Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, in announcing the symposium. “Through this dialogue, we hope to help our students and the public become more aware of what is taking place inside these countries and of the particular perspective they bring to world events.”

For Lehman, the event will also commemorate the 60th anniversary of the first meetings of the United Nations on American soil, which took place on campus from March 25 through August 15, 1946. The meetings included those of the U.N. Security Council, on which Russia and China continue to serve as part of the Council’s five original permanent members.

Ambassador Denisov, who holds a Ph.D. in economics and is fluent in English and Chinese, has served on the Russian Embassy staff in China and directed the Department of Economic Cooperation in Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Before his appointment to the U.N. in 2004, he served as the Russian Ambassador to Egypt (2000-2001) and as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (2001-2004).

The symposium series is sponsored by the College’s Division of Education and Office of the Provost and also by the Russian American Cultural Heritage Center. It is being organized by a committee of faculty and friends, co-chaired by Dr. Gaoyin Qian and Dr. Patricia Thompson of the Department of Specialized Services in Education. Dr. Qian has published widely in education, reading and literacy studies, and Dr. Thompson (Yelena Vladimirovna Mayakovskya) is a scholar of family and feminist theory. She is also the daughter of famed Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky.

For more information, contact Dr. Qian at gaoyin.qian@lehman.cuny.edu or Dr. Thompson at (718) 960-8012. A program schedule will be posted, as it becomes available, at www.lehman.edu.

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