Russians: The People Behind the Power

Thursday, May 29th  | 7:00pm

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“Russians: The People Behind the Power”

This event is free of charge and open to the public. 

Featuring author Gregory Fiefer

When:  Thursday, May 29th 7:00pm

Where: Dell Brown Room, Turner Hall, University of Montana. (Link to map)

About our guest: Gregory Feifer is a former Moscow correspondent for National Public Radio who has reported from Russia for almost a decade. During its resurgence under Putin, he filed from other former Soviet republics and across Russia, where he observed the effects of the country’s vast new oil wealth on an increasingly nationalistic society as well as Moscow’s rekindling of a new Cold War-style opposition to the West. In 2008, Feifer covered the Russia-Georgia war from the breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia and traveled to Siberia, Belgrade and Berlin to produce a series on the Kremlin’s use of Gazprom, the Russian gas monopoly, as an instrument of foreign policy.

Before joining NPR in 2005, Feifer-whose mother is Russian-lived in Paris and New York, and has written for numerous outlets, including The New Republic, The Washington Post and World Policy Journal. He witnessed the coup d’etat attempt against Mikhail Gorbachev in 1991, and later, on a fellowship from the Institute of Current World Affairs, examined the end of the Yeltsin era and Russia’s subsequent transformation into an authoritarian state.

Feifer is the author of The Great Gamble, a history of the Soviet war in Afghanistan and coauthor of Spy Handler with former KGB colonel Victor Cherkashin. He lives in Boston with his wife Elizabeth, son Sebastian and daughter Vanessa.

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Opinion Piece from the Missoulian

A great opinion piece from our Vice President Mr. Kevin Kitchlin was published recently in the Missoulian.

Every year as winter transitions to spring, students from across Montana converge on Missoula and the University of Montana campus to participate in the Montana Worlds Affairs Council’s Academic World Quest.

AWQ began several years ago as an attempt to facilitate a greater understanding of world affairs among Montana’s youth. The competition began small with few participants. It has since grown to encompass over 60 schools and hundreds of students. For many participants, AWQ marks the first time they have ever visited a larger urban setting or stepped foot on a university campus. AWQ includes a full day of activities treating students to a variety of stimulating conversations regarding world affairs, and culture. Former ambassador Mark Johnson, the council’s founder, generously gives his time to speak on global affairs and answer student questions. Udo Fluck introduces students to the power of culture through film analysis. A panel of international students from the university answers questions about life abroad. The full day of activities culminates with the competition itself.

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Kettlehouse UNite with 2014 Humphrey Fellows

May 14th, 2014 | 5:00 – 8:00pmKettlehouse Logo

KettleHouse Brewing Community UNite

The Council has been chosen to participate in the KettleHouse Brewing Community UNite Program!

Come enjoy a locally handcrafted brew while supporting global education in classrooms and communities throughout the Big Sky.

The Council will receive $.50 of every pint sold between 5-8 pm on the evening of May 14th at the Northside Taproom. Location: 313 N 3rd Street West

Thank you KettleHouse Brewing for supporting the Council!

Starting at 6:00pm

The Council will be hosting a meet-and-greet with the 2014 Humphrey Fellows who are studying at the University of Montana’s English Language Institute.

The Humphrey Fellowship at UM includes 11 professionals from around the world, who have come to Montana to foster a mutual exchange of knowledge and understanding about issues of common concern in the United States and the Fellows’ home countries. The Program offers Fellows valuable opportunities for leadership development and professional engagement with Americans and their counterparts from many nations.

This year’s Humphrey Fellow’s consist of a collection of nationalities, ranging from Togo to Pakistan, and Armenia to Myanmar. These Fellows have come to Montana representing various professions, including agriculture, journalism, geophysics, urban development, education, and more.


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