Mary Neuburger, Director BUR 452, 2505 University Avenue, Stop F3600, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3607
Fri, September 28, 2007 • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM • African-American Culture Room, Texas Union 4.110
On September 28, career U.S. diplomat and UT adjunct professor David Firestein (M.P.Aff / M.A., '92) will speak on the cultural commonalties and differences between Russia and China. A veteran of the U.S. embassies in Moscow (four years) and Beijing (five years) and a fluent speaker of Russian and near-native speaker of Chinese, David will explore Russian and Chinese conceptions of the individual, the individual's relationship to society and polity, social organization, and national identity. In his talk, David will reference the countries' common ideological heritage, as well as recent changes in the two societies. David is the author of three books and some 130 articles on U.S., Russian, and Chinese politics, society and culture, and is also a recognized expert on the political communication effect of contemporary country music. He is also a recipient of the Secretary of State's Award for Public Outreach (2006).