TWO GREAT FORUMS MARCH 10 and 17 | 12 Noon
MARCH 10: UKRAINE: A Primer
MARCH 17: BIRTH DEFECT OF A NATION: Systemic Racism
Dr. Brigit Farley
What is driving Vladimir Putin’s need to grab all or part of Ukraine? Is this happening as a result of the breakup of the Soviet Union? Or is there a much more complicated history between Russia and Ukraine? Brigit Farley is Associate Professor of History at WSU Tri-Cities. Her research interests are the history, culture, and economics of Eastern Europe. Dr. Farley worked for the U.S. Information Service in Russia before the collapse of the Soviet Union, which included Ukraine. She is a frequent traveler to the region.
Dr. Thomas Furgue
With the election of Barack Obama in 2008, our nation had its first African American president. For some, this historic milestone was a clear sign the dreams of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s had been fulfilled – we had finally entered a post-racial era free of divisive issues based on skin color. How could a country that elected a black man as president really be racist? The reality of the intervening years made it clear that, although great progress had been made, race was still a central defining conflict within our nation.
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