Lunch'n Explore: Putin Plays His Hand - The Politics of Intervention, "Cyber-mischief," and Playing Trump

Event Description: Russia is not just back in the news.  It lies behind virtually every headline these days. While Washington and its pundits paint Vladimir Putin in dark and threatening colors, Nick Hayes, history professor, University Chair in Critical Thinking at SJU and Russian affairs expert, offers a more nuanced picture. Hayes will describe a leader with limited goals, seeking to give Russia a place at the international negotiating table in the face of Islamic terrorism, the European refugee crisis and civil war and unrest in the Middle East. Hayes will also dissect the unfolding story of “Russiagate” and from the Kremlin’s point of view, what political goals lie behind Russia’s “cyber- mischief,” meddling in the 2016 US election, and the bizarre relationship of Putin and Trump.

Event Information: Friday, November 10, 2017, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Anderson Student Center Woulfe-North (3rd Floor), University of St. Thomas St. Paul Campus

Event Instructor: Nick Hayes, Professor of History and University Chair in Critical Thinking, The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University, is a writer, professor and commentator for the media.  A frequent guest on television and radio, he has also published nationally and internationally in newspapers, magazines and journals.  He has received awards from the Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities and the Fulbright Program and also won an Emmy in 1991 for his work on Twin Cities Public Television’s (TPT’s) Television and Democracy in Russia.  Today, he is a professor of history and holds the University Chair in Critical Thinking at Saint John’s University in Minnesota and is a contributing writer for – the premier political blog in Minnesota. You can access his articles for at . His first work of creative non-fiction, a memoir And One Fine Morning Memories of My Father (Nodin 2010) was a regional best seller.  He is currently working on a second memoir, “Looking for Leningrad: My Soviet Life.”  For more information, visit .

Fee for the event:  $30.00 per person - cost includes lunch. Please be sure to include any special dietary needs at the time of registration. (Deadline to register for this event is November 2.)

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