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NEW YORK — Gennadi Gerasimov, a former Russian ambassador, will participate in an open forum on the future of Russia, Wednesday, February 26 at 6 p.m., on Pace University’s New York City campus across from City Hall Park. Pace faculty members Dr. Diana Nakeeb, professor of modern languages, and Dr. Farrokh Hormozi, professor of economics, also will participate in the program sponsored by the University’s Center for Academic Excellence.
In the late 1980s, as the Soviet Union and Mikhail Gorbachev changed 20th century world politics, Ambassador Gerasimov was the primary image-maker for Soviet Foreign policy. Having risen through the ranks of Soviet journalism as a columnist, editor and international corres pondent, Gerasimov became popular in the United States.
He has written several books and collected journalistic awards. In 1990, he was recognized as “Communicator of the Year” by the National Association of Governmental Communicators, the first non-Am erican recipient.
Gerasimov earned and an undergraduate degree in international relations from the Moscow Institute of International Relations, and a degree in international law from Moscow State University. He and Gorbachev were classmates at the Mosc ow State Law School. After pursuing his journalistic career for almost three decades, Gerasimov served as Soviet, then Russian Ambassador to Lisbon under Presidents Gorbachev and Yeltsin. Subsequently, he worked briefly as chief liaison officer at the Ru ssian-American Press and Information Center in Moscow before coming with his wife and daughter to the United States in 1993.
Gerasimov is a visiting professor at Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania and lectures on current political, economic and social i ssues in Russia.
Pace is a comprehensive, independent university with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. Nearly 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin S chool of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, School of Law and Lienhard School of Nursing.