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Russian Fulbright Scholar to discuss globalization at IU Northwest

Nikita Pokrovsky, visiting Fulbright Scholar from Russia, will present the public lecture "Guess Who Came to Dinner?: Globalization and Russian Youth" Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 2:30 p.m. in the Library Conference Center, room 105 at Indiana University Northwest. Pokrovsky, Ph.D., will focus on a cohort analysis of Russian generations and how they were directly affected by and responded to globalization.

"There is an unusual contemporary symbiosis between globalization and tradition, which now characterizes Russia, and gives it a special and distinctive flair," said Barry Johnston, Ph.D., professor of Sociology.

Russia provides fertile ground for the observation and study of changes that may only occur globally in the future. The patterns of common and diverging values of the different generations in present-day Russia shows both a confluence of a large number of indices and certain generational differences. Pokrovsky will show that inherent in these patterns may be a logic of globalization, which may be a powerful vehicle for incorporating Russia into the global opportunities and prospects of modernity.

"This relative stabilization of a crisis-stricken Russia originates from its integration into global processes and not its withdrawal from them. In this sense, Russian society provides a richer and subtler natural laboratory for the exploration and analysis of globalization trends than many Western dieties," Johnston said.

At his home, Pokrovsky is the head of the Department of Sociology at the State University Higher School of Economics and Professor of Sociology at Moscow State Institute of International Relations. He is author of 11 books and more than 40 articles that have appeared in Russian and American journals. In 1989 Pokrovsky became the first Russian citizen to win the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship at the National Humanities Center in the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina. He has taught and done research at several major universities including Duke University, the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Ohio State, Penn State and International Center for Jeffersonian Studies in Monticello, Va.

An informal reception with refreshments will follow the presentation. For more information, please call (219) 980-6785.



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