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Ideas and Images presentation to focus on Russia's past, present and future

Jan 22, 2018
by Jordan Puyear, ‘17

Flagler College’s Ideas and Images lecture series will host Andrew Nagorski, former senior editor of Newsweek International and former vice president and director of public policy for the East/West Institute on Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. Nagorski’s talk is titled “From the Soviet Union to Putin’s Russia” and will focus on Russia’s history, current actions and future prospects. Nagorksi’s talk will be presented in the Lewis Auditorium, at Flagler College, 14 Granada St.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

The Cold War that had provided the central narrative to the post-World War II world appeared to be over, and democracy was seen as triumphant. But a quarter of a century later, Russia is once again in the news almost daily. Tensions with the U.S., in particular, have been on the rise to the point where a new generation of political observers routinely talks about a new Cold War. Nagorski’s talk will cover what Russia’s outlook is on the matter and its relations with the West.

Nagorski first served as Newsweek’s Moscow bureau chief in the early 1980s, at a time of mounting Cold War tensions between the Reagan administration and Leonid Brezhnev’s regime. In 1982, he was expelled by the Kremlin authorities who were angered by his enterprising reporting. But as Moscow began to chart a new course under Mikhail Gorbachev and then Boris Yeltsin, he was allowed to return to Russia, visiting numerous times starting in 1989 and then serving a second tour in Moscow in the mid-1990s.

Nagorski also helped launch a Russian-language edition of Newsweek and wrote his book “The Greatest Battle: Stalin, Hitler, and the Desperate Struggle for Moscow that Changed the Course of World War II.”

Flagler College’s Ideas & Images: Scholars and Artists-in-Residence program brings nationally and internationally-renowned experts to the campus, building on a tradition established when Henry Flagler’s Hotel Ponce de Leon served as an inspiration for stories, a haven for new ideas, a canvas for artistic endeavors, a showcase for new technology and a setting for athletic competitions. In its first decade, nearly 100 scholars and artists have participated in the program.

Sponsors for the series in addition to Flagler College include: Casa Monica Hotel, National Park Service, Florida Humanities Council, St. Johns County Tourist Development Council, St. Johns Cultural Council, The Joy McCann Foundation, Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, St. Augustine Ponte Vedra Florida’s Historic Coast, St. Augustine Yacht Club, Flagler College Bookstore, Florida Public Archaeology Network, Florida National Guard and Margaret Domini.

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