Conference To Discuss The 20th Anniversary Of The Fall Of The Soviet Union
November 17, 2011
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Baktybek Abdrisaev (801) 863-8351
The Utah International Mountain Forum along with Utah Valley University’s Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy and the Department of History & Political Science will host a three-session video-conference on Nov. 21 on the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Soviet Union. It will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the UVU Library, room 120.
The event will consist of three roundtable discussions broadcast through Skype including “Views from Russia” with representatives from the Nizhny Novgorod branch of the Higher School of Economics in Russia and local nongovernmental organizations; “Views from Washington, D.C.” with Jack Matlock, a former U.S. ambassador to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), William Miller, a former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine and Alexey Semyonov, president of the Andrei Sakharov Foundation and other distinguished guests; and “Views from a New Generation of Leaders” that will include student leaders from the Moscow Higher School of Economics, Stanford University and UVU.
“This gathering gives quite a unique chance for students and faculty of UVU to learn more about the events which led to the creation of a new global order free from oppression and totalitarian thought 20 years ago. It is also an opportunity for them to take part in organizing and hosting a conference through a coalition of UVU student clubs and the Utah International Mountain Forum,” said Rusty Butler, associate vice president for International Affairs & Diplomacy at UVU. “We are also grateful to contributions by the Andrei Sakharov Foundation, which has been partnering with UVU for more than 7 years.”
The conference is free and open to students, faculty and the public.
Utah Valley University is located in Orem, Utah, and is home to more than 33,000 students. UVU began as a vocational school during World War II, and in the seven decades since has evolved into a technical school, community college, state college and, finally, a comprehensive regional teaching university. UVU is one of Utah’s largest institutions of higher learning and offers programs ranging from career training to high-demand master degrees, with emphasis on undergraduate education.