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Stanford-Berkeley conference to focus on multiethnic nations

STANFORD -- The 20th annual Stanford-Berkeley conference, "Strategies of Nationhood in Multiethnic Settings," will be held all day Friday, March 8, in the Oak Room West of Stanford's Tresidder Memorial Union.

The conference, co-sponsored by Stanford's Center for Russian and East European Studies and the University of California-Berkeley's Center for Slavic and East European Studies, is free and open to the community.

First held in 1977, the Stanford-Berkeley conference alternates between the two campuses. The purpose of the conference is to promote closer ties and cooperation between scholars of Slavic and East European studies at the two schools.

The conference begins at 9:45 a.m. with opening remarks by Nancy Kollman, associate professor of history at Stanford and director of the Center for Russian and East European Studies.

The first panel, which runs from 10 a.m. until noon, "Nationalism and Violence in Times of Instability," will be chaired by Norman Naimark, Stanford professor and chairman of history. Panelists are George Breslauer, professor and chair of the political science department at Berkeley; David Holloway, professor of political science and co-director of Stanford's Center for International Security and Arms Control; Andrew Janos, professor of political science at Berkeley; and Gail Lapidus, senior fellow at Stanford's Institute for International Studies and professor by courtesy of political science.

The second panel, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., "Maintaining Identity Under Fire: Varieties of Subject Peoples," will be chaired by Edward Walker, executive director of the Berkeley program in Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies. Panelists are Ronald Suny, professor of political science at the University of Chicago and a visiting Stanford professor of history; Amir Weiner, assistant professor of history at Stanford; and Steven Zipperstein, professor of history at Stanford.

"Defining Nationhood: The Dominant Nation," is the theme of the third panel, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Gregory Freidin, professor and chair of Slavic languages and literatures at Stanford, will chair. Panelists are John Dunlop, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution; Lazar Fleishman, professor of Slavic languages and literatures at Stanford; and Yuri Slezkine, assistant professor of history at Berkeley.

Victoria Bonnell, professor of sociology and director of Berkeley's Center for Slavic and East European Studies, will make closing remarks.

For more information, call the Stanford Center for Russian and East European Studies at 725-2563.



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