Thursday, October 22
by Jim Butterfield
7PM Presentation Begins
600 Elkenburg St, South Haven, Michigan 49090
Jim Butterfield is a Professor of Political Science and Allied Faculty in Global and International Studies at Western Michigan University. He specializes in Russian history and the states of the former Soviet Union. He has done field research, given lectures, taught courses, and done consulting in Russia and nearby countries during more then forty visits. He is a Fulbright Scholar (twice in Russia, once in Vietnam) and has directed study abroad programs in Saratov, Russia, and in Istanbul, Turkey.
Butterfield, whose presentations are clear and accessible, will explore the various reasons Russia acts the way it does toward the US and the West, drawing on such significant factors as its culture, religious Orthodoxy, search for identity, and the breakup of the Soviet Union.