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USSR changes, Putin subject of program

Nick Hayes, professor of history at St. John’s University, Collegeville, will
present “Russia: From Communism to Putin” at Central Lakes College in
Brainerd at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 27. Hayes appears as a guest in the
Speaker Series offered by the Center for Lifelong Learning at CLC. Admission is
free to member and $5 to non-members. The program will be held in the Chalberg
Theatre. Hayes will examine why the USSR,
the Soviet Union, collapsed 20 years ago in December 1991 and provide
perspective on the rise to power of Russian President Vladimir Putin, an ex-KGB

“This presentation will provoke
participants to re-think the common assumptions Americans have in regard to the
causes behind the end of the Cold War and the fall of the Soviet Union,” said
Bill Brekken, director of the Center for Lifelong Learning.
Having recently returned
from Russia, Hayes has received awards from the International Research and
Exchanges Board, National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright
Foundation, and the Ford Foundation.
He is a popular commentator on international
affairs for public radio and television. His writings have appeared in a
wide range of publications for the scholarly Slavic Review to the popular Interview Magazine. His recent articles and photography
have appeared in The Moscow Times,
Star Tribune, Pioneer Press, Interview Magazine, Newsweek International, and Utne.com.
Pre-registration is recommended and
can be made by calling Bev at 218-855-8118. For more information on the Center for
Lifelong Learning, visit www.clcmn.edu/lifelonglearning.

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