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Expert panel to discuss current crisis in Russia

With the ruble in a free fall, the economic collapse in Russia has sparked a political crisis that has left the country without a functioning government for the last two weeks. What are the implications for America and the rest of the world? To answer this and other questions, Moravian College is holding a panel discussion, "The Crisis in Russia: Causes and Possible Consequences," on Tuesday, September 15, at 7:30 p.m.

An expert panel consisting of specialists from Moravian College, Muhlenberg College and Lehigh University will discuss the political, social, and economic situation in Russia. The panel will focus on the likely consequences of the current crisis and discuss how the unfolding events in Russia will impact the U.S., Western and Eastern Europe, and other regions in the world.

Moravian College President, Dr. Ervin J. Rokke will speak on the political and military ramifications of the crisis. Dr. Rokke is a former president of the National Defense University in Washington D.C., and a former U.S. defense attaché stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. Other esteemed panelists include Dr. Albert Kipa, professor of German and Russian at Muhlenberg College, who will discuss ethnic and geographic considerations. Dr. Mary Nicholas, associate professor of Russian at Lehigh University, will discuss the impact on people and culture.

Dr. James West, professor and chair of the Department of Economics and Business at Moravian College will provide insight into the current economic crisis. Dr. Winfred Kohls, professor of history at Moravian College, will discuss the crisis in a historical context. Professor Faramarz Farbod, visiting instructor of political science at Moravian College, will discuss important geopolitical ramifications.

Dr. Han Wuerth, professor of German, Moravian College, will moderate the panel discussion. Each panelist will begin with a five-minute opening statement. Panelists will then engage in a general discussion before answering questions from the audience.

The panel discussion will be held in Prosser Auditorium in the Haupert Union Building on Moravian College’s Main Street campus. The event is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the International Club and Department of Foreign Languages at Moravian College. For more information, contact the Office of Public Relations at (610) 861-1365.