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Whitworth Great Decisions series to feature March 5 lecture on Russian aggression

February 26, 2015

Whitworth Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science Anthony Rodin will present Whitworth’s next Great Decisions lecture on Thursday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall’s Robinson Teaching Theatre. The event is free and open to the public. Rodin’s  lecture, “Not a New Cold War: Why Russia’s Aggression Requires a New Lens,” will reflect his take on the reality of modern Russia, which he claims is closer to collapsing than recapturing its place as a global superpower.

“Whenever Russia acts up internationally, people tend to view it as a repeat of the Cold War and Russia’s attempts at bringing back the Soviet Union,” Rodin says. “This kind of thinking is flawed for many reasons covered in my talk, primarily economic and ideological factors. Rather than being swayed by alarmist talk in mainstream media, this lecture will give attendees a chance to come to their own conclusions about the threat Russia poses today and why its leaders  are doing what they’re doing.”

Rodin, whose research focuses on international relations, is the third of five speakers in Whitworth’s 57th annual Great Decisions Lecture Series. For the annual series, Whitworth faculty members select noted guest speakers who come to campus and address important socio-political issues taking place around the world.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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