WMU News

Expert discusses Baltics' transition from Communism

November 5, 1998

KALAMAZOO -- The progress and challenges facing the Baltic states during the transition from communism will be addressed by an expert on Russian and East European politics Monday, Nov. 9, at Western Michigan University.

Dr. Aleksandras Shtromas, a professor of political science at Hillsdale College and an architect of the post-communist, democratic constitution for the free and independent republic of Lithuania, will discuss "Post-Communist Transition in the Baltics: Democratization, Nationalism and Integration" at 8 p.m. in Room 208 West of the Bernhard Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Shtromas, who is a Nazi Holocaust survivor and the adopted son of the first communist president of the Soviet republic of Lithuania, offers a unique perspective on political development in Eastern Europe. He has written widely on the topic and his publications include a 1988 book, "The Soviet Union and the Challenge of the Future." Shtromas attended the Law School of the University of Moscow and has served as senior Research Fellow in Peace Studies at the University of Bradford in England. He has a weekly address on Russia, East Europe and Lithuania with Chicago Public Radio's "Lithuanian Hour."

Shtromas' lecture is sponsored by the WMU's Political Science Graduate Student Association, Institute of Government and Politics and Russian and East European Studies. For more information, contact the Institute of Government and Politics at 616 387-5696.

Media contact: Marie Lee, 616 387-8400, marie.lee@wmich.edu

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