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Russian Scholar Joins Faculty at Hobart and William Smith Colleges

In addition to teaching courses on Soviet history and Russian encounters with Afghanistan, the new scholar will participate in a public lecture for the Geneva community that will detail the Afghan conflict.

June 3, 2002 GENEVA, N.Y.—In the global scheme of things, the ultimate goal of a liberal arts education is to take every possible step to ensure that students have multiple opportunities for international exposure. This coming academic year, Hobart and William Smith Colleges will enrich the student experience by adding Russian scholar Manana Guseynova to their staff.

Guseynova, of the Russian Federation, is currently a senior research fellow at the Institute for the USA and Canada Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. She is scheduled to begin teaching classes in January 2003.

Her appointment to the Colleges is part of The Worldwide Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program, which brings visiting scholars and professionals from abroad to lecture at American colleges and universities for one semester or one academic year. The esteemed Fulbright program is sponsored by the U.S. State Department.

The appointment complements an already vibrant Russian Studies program, as well as the Colleges’ commitment to global learning.

“The Russian Area Studies program has embarked on a plan of widening our offerings to address contemporary concerns,” said Professor David Galloway, referencing the Fulbright proposal that was drafted by Galloway and several other faculty members. “In the aftermath of September 11, teaching students how our culture has been affected by Afghanistan is of critical importance to our educational mission. The input and participation of Manana Guseynova will be an invaluable resource.”

“It is our commitment that our curriculum ensure that students will never again be able to read a headline about a place without envisioning where the event is taking place, hearing the language and picturing the people,” he added.

In Spring 2003, Guseynova will take part in a public discussion of the Afghan conflict’s roots and instability in the region. She will be one of three panelists, who will represent the views of Russia, the United States and Afghanistan. Area residents are invited and encouraged to attend the discussion.

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