Tower Center Forum Event | US-Russia Relations from the Cold War to the Present Standoff

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 (5:30 PM – 7:30 PM)
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Suzanne Massie, Author of “Trust but Verify: Reagan, Russia and Me”

tbvcoverforweb-682x1024Suzanne Massie has been involved in many aspects of study and work in the Soviet Union/Russia for 38 years. Her outstanding ability as an interpreter of Russian culture and bridge builder between the Russian and American people has been acknowledged by both countries. In Russia, she has been the subject of a documentary film, is the winner of a prestigious literary prize and is an active participant in the cultural and social concerns of the city of St. Petersburg. In the United States, her books: Land of the Firebird, Pavlovsk, The Living Mirror, Journey and Nicholas and Alexandra, on which she worked with her former husband Robert K. Massie, have been read by millions. She has worked in the development of art exhibitions with many of the foremost art museums of both the United States and Russia including the Hermitage, the Russian Museum, the National Gallery and the Metropolitan Museum. She has lectured widely in the United States before academic, military, business, government, religious, public affairs, civic and cultural groups. In both countries she is often interviewed by the press, television and radio. She has been consulted by many members of Congress and the Senate and from 1984-88 advised President Ronald Reagan, meeting with him 21 times during the critical years of the ending of the Cold War.


Daniel Orlovsky, Tower Center Senior Fellow & Professor of Russian Studies, SMU

OrlovskyProfessor Daniel Orlovsky is a specialist in the history of the Provisional Government after the February Revolution of 1917 and he continues to study the history of a much understudied hidden class of Soviet citizens, people who were neither workers nor peasants—the white collar “employees” of the Soviet  Union between 1918 and 1956. He has held numerous grants for research in the former U.S.S.R. and Russia and has published on the social and cultural history of the Russian Revolution and early Soviet state building. Orlovsky’s major contributions have been the notion of a revolution of the lower middle strata in the society and politics of the Russian Empire and its successor regimes and the application of theories of corporatism to the institutional, social and political history of the turbulent years, 1914-1921.


This event is by invitation only.

If you are interested in joining the Tower Center Forum, please contact Luisa del Rosal at lmdelrosal@smu.edu.