Three dignitaries active in countering the Belarus government, which has come under fire for human rights and electoral abuses, will speak at Wartburg College Thursday, Jan. 16.
Stanislau Shushkevich, the first head of the state of Belarus after it became independent from the Soviet Union; Ivonka Survilla, president of the Rada (council) of the Belarusian Democratic Republic in exile, and David Swartz, the first U.S. ambassador to independent Belarus, will explore the political situation during a panel discussion at 4 p.m. in McCaskey Lyceum.
They will discuss “Disengaging East-Central Europe from the East: European Security and North American Interests — the Belarus Model.”
Swartz, who spent 29 years as a foreign-service officer with other posts in the former Soviet Union, London, Zurich and Amsterdam, also will speak at the annual Michaelson, Briner and Kildahl Literary Symposium at 11:30 a.m. in McCaskey Lyceum.
Swartz, associate executive director of the Center for Belarusian Studies headquartered at Southwestern College (Kan.), will talk about “Diplomacy: Values, Assumptions, Sensitivities.”
Both events are free and open to the public.