Shelton students to learn about Ukraine situation at forum

A group of Shelton High School history students will attend a forum on the situation in Ukraine at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) next week.

The forum will feature a panel discussion with faculty members from SCSU and the University of New Haven.

The session will take place from noon-1:45 p.m. on Monday, March 31 in SCSU’s Student Center ballroom. It is free and open to the public.

Students from a few history classes at Shelton High will be there to learn more about the tense situation in the Eastern European nation.

Many topics being covered

Despite the objections of Ukraine, Russia has annexed the Crimea section along the Black Sea, where many ethnic Russians live, from its neighboring country.

The forum also will cover Russian troop buildups along the Ukrainian border, the United States and European Union response (what it is and what it should be), and the future of U.S-Russia relations.

Panelists bring expertise

The panelists are:

Greg Adams, chairman of the SCSU Sociology Department. A 2003-04 Fulbright Scholar who conducted research in Ukraine and an elections monitor during Ukraine’s 2004 “Orange Revolution,” he continues to follow events there closely.

Kevin Buterbaugh, SCSU professor of political science. An expert on international relations and U.S. foreign policy, he currently teaches a class focusing on war and U.S. security policy.

Costel Calin, SCSU assistant professor of political science. His research includes European Union politics and security, and U.S. public diplomacy in Eastern Europe. A native Romanian, he worked for that country’s Department of National Security.

Krystyna Gorniak-Kocikowska, SCSU professor of philosophy. Having left her native Poland just before the fall of the Iron Curtain, she is keenly aware of the security concerns of people in Eastern Europe.

Patricia Olney, SCSU professor of political science. An expert on international relations, she has conducted considerable research on worldwide U.S. security issues.

Matthew Schmidt, assistant professor of political science and national security at the University of New Haven. His background also includes Russian studies and he previously taught at the U.S. Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies

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