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The Mid-Atlantic – Russia Business Council cordially invites you to
American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL) Annual Convention
December 27-30, 2006
Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing
201 South Christopher Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19106

The Academy and Russian-American Businesses:
Outlooks, Experiences and Opportunities

Thursday, December 28, 2006, 1:30-3:30pm
Session 28C-7, Columbus Ballroom C

Supported by the Mid-Atlantic - Russia Business Council

  • Roundtable Co-Chair: Val Kogan, President, Mid-Atlantic Russian Business Council
  • Roundtable Co-Chair: Paul Smith, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy in Moscow (Retired)
  • Roundtable Co-Chair: Benjamin Rifkin, Professor of Russian and Vice Dean for Undergraduate Affairs, Temple University
  • Panelist: John Gallagher, Chairman, United States Industry Coalition
  • Panelist: Michael Curtis, Director of Program Development, American Councils for International Education
  • Panelist: Victor Fet, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Marshall University. Title: Poetry of science: Forward to Lomonosov
  • Panelists: Igor Michalevich-Kaplan, Editor of Russian International Literature and Art Magazine, Philadelphia; Valentina Sinkevich, Editor of Encounters, Russian Poetry Almanac, Philadelphia. Title: Pages of Poetry, Language, Thoughts and Ideas - Authors from Sciences


The Mid-Atlantic – Russia Business Council would also like to extend an invitation to an important Russian-American cultural event. The evening of December 29, Convention participants will view “The Princess and the Patriot” exhibit being held at the Museum of the American Philosophical Society, located at 104 South Fifth Street in Philadelphia, from 4:30 – 7:30 pm.  The exhibit is part of the celebration of the 300th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Franklin, the first American member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.  “The Princess and the Patriot” presents Franklin’s life in a novel fashion, placing him alongside Ekaterina Dashkova, a Russian intellectual counterpart who Franklin nominated to be the first female and the first Russian member of the American Philosophical Society.  The interactions between Franklin and Dashkova represent an early example of the long history of Russian-American cooperation.

For information and registration, visit the AATSEEL website at http://aatseel.org, or MARBC website at: http://www.ma-rbc.org.  For further information, contact Val Kogan, Mid-Atlantic-Russia Business Council, by phone: (215) 708-2628, (484) 467-7444, or email: val@ma-rbc.org


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