WASHINGTON, PA (Nov. 29, 2011)—The International Studies Forum at Washington & Jefferson College will present “The Return of the King,” a panel discussion focusing on the significance of the return of the current Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to the presidency of the Russian Federation, on Nov. 30 at 4 p.m. in the Media Room, ground floor of The Commons.
Presenters Joshua Andy, Ph.D., W&J Class of 2004, who recently defended his doctoral dissertation titled "Politics and the Soviet Army: Civil-Military Relations in the Soviet Union in the Khrushchev Era, 1953-1964," at the University of Birmingham in Russian and East European Studies; and Susan Vdovichenko, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor of Russian at W&J, will discuss the upcoming elections to the Russian national legislature, the Duma, which will take place Dec. 4 and serve as a potential preview to the presidential election next year.
Andy has taught at the Centre for Russian and East European Studies, Birmingham, W&J, and Penn State University, the Behrend College, in Erie, Pa. He has been published in Germany and the United Kingdom including “The Soviet Military at Novocherkassk: The Apex of Military Professionalism in the Khrushchev Era,” in Soviet State and Society Under Khrushchev, Melanie Ilic and Jeremy Smits, eds. (London: Routledge, 2009).
Vdovichenko received her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 2011, and her doctoral dissertation is entitled "In The Beholder’s Eye: How Self-Identification and Linguistic Ideology Affecting Shifting Language Attitudes and Language Maintenance in Ukraine." As a methodology, much of Dr. Vdovichenko’s research deals with an aspect of modern nationalism. Her primary focus is Russian sociolinguistics, with a particular emphasis on Russian/Ukrainian relations.
The event is free and open to the public.