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PR #32 September 12, 2007


Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) is introducing its first World Affairs Lecture in October with Dr. Boris Kagarlitsky, one of the world?s premier social justice activists. Dr. Kagarlitsky serves as director of Moscow?s Institute of Globalization Studies.

Dr. Kagarlitsky will speak on ?Russia Rising: Challenges and Prospects,? Monday, October 1, at 6:30 p.m., in the Conference Center (Room C), at the College?s North Branch Campus. In addition, he will lecture on ?Russia/US Relations: Problems and Possibilities,? on Tuesday, October 2, at 2 p.m., in the RVCC Atrium (lower level, College Center).

Both events are free of charge and open to the public. The RVCC presentations are part of a larger lecture series that includes talks at Harvard University, New York University, Northwestern University and the University of Wisconsin.

Dr. Kagarlitsky is the senior research fellow at the Institute for Comparative Political Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, as well as a columnist for the Moscow Times. He is also a former member of the Moscow city council. Dr. Kagarlitsky has testified before the US Congress on Russian affairs. An author of several books and hundreds of articles, Dr. Kagarlitsky is also a theater critic.

Born in 1958, Kagarlitsky studied sociology and theatre in Moscow. At 24, he was imprisoned for his work on the oppositional journal, Left Turn, and while in prison wrote The Thinking Reed: Intellectuals and The Soviet State from 1917 to the Present. After his release, Dr. Kagarlitsky became the coordinator of the Federation of Socialist Clubs, as well as an activist and theorist for democratic renewal in the Soviet Union. Dr. Kagarlitsky was elected to the Moscow City Council in 1990. Following his work in public life, he acted as a consultant to Russian labor groups and continued his work as a highly respected author and public speaker, with engagements at prestigious colleges and universities throughout the world.

Refreshments will be served. For additional information, contact Dr. Jeffrey Sommers, 908-526-1200, ext. 8526; jsommers@raritanval.edu .

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 40 years, offers more than 80 associate degrees and certificates. The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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