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03/23/94

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Russia and its neighbors theme of Stanford-Berkeley conference

STANFORD -- "Russia and Its Neighbors" is the theme of an all- day conference that will bring together an exceptional array of specialists on the Stanford campus on Friday, April 8.

Exploring attitudes and relations between Russians and non- Russians in history and at present, the 18th Annual Stanford-Berkeley Conference in Russian Studies will feature ambassadors to the United States Roza Otunbayeva of Kyrgyzstan,and Toomas Ilves of Estonia.

Scholars from Stanford and Berkeley, as well as visitors from Moscow and Tbilisi, are among the 20 panelists who will discuss issues of politics, international relations, and also alternative approaches and attitudes.

The conference, which alternates annually between Stanford and Berkeley, is organized by the Center for Russian and East European Studies. It will be held in Oak Lounge West at Tresidder Union from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is free and open to the public. For further information, call (415) 725-2563.

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