WICHITA, Kansas – The Center for Belarusian Studies, located at Southwestern College in Winfield, KS, will hold its Alumni Scholar Symposium in Washington, DC later this month.
US Ambassador to Belarus and Southwestern College alumni David Swartz, along with Southwestern College Provost Dr. James Sheppard, will serve as moderator at the Alumni Scholar Symposium “Belarus – Then, Now, and Onward” in Washington, DC on January 29th. The six scholars will be welcomed by CBS Executive Director Dr. Paula Survilla. The invite-only symposium will include presentations by the scholars with an open dialogue session.
The Center for Belarusian Studies was established in 2006 by Swartz, the first US Ambassador to Belarus. The Center is aimed at functioning as the focal point for Belarusian studies in the U.S. with the intention of uniting students, universities, scholars, organizations and governments who are committed to developing a Democratic Belarus.
The visiting scholars are commonly recent graduates of master’s or doctoral programs, native speakers of Belarusian, active scholars and researchers and have a commitment to return to Belarus following the completion of their program and work toward its society’s revival.
Belarus is a non-NATO state where Russia and Ukraine have been negotiating the problem in Crimea. Southwestern College proudly sponsors The Center for Belarusian Studies in an effort to educate in a world without boundaries.
About Southwestern College
Southwestern College provides a values-based learning experience that emphasizes intellectual, personal, and spiritual growth. Founded in 1885 by the United Methodist Church, the non-profit college offers bachelor, master and doctoral degrees on-ground and online. Students prepare for careers and graduate studies with courses that foster critical thinking and effective communication and are characterized by meaningful professor-student interaction. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Professional Studies programs embrace prior learning and facilitate career progression for working adults, members of the armed services, and persons in transition.
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