MTSU panel examines Russian invasion with scholars...

MTSU panel examines Russian invasion with scholars, Ukrainian national

The most compelling political, military and humanitarian event in the news today will be examined in an MTSU panel discussion.

“Perspectives on the Crisis in Ukraine” is slated for 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, in Room 106 of the Paul W. Martin Sr. Honors Building. The event will be livestreamed on Facebook at

The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

Dr. Benjamin Sawyer

Dr. Andrei Korobkov, professor, Department of Political Science and International Relations

Dr. Andrei Korobkov

Participants will be Benjamin Sawyer, a senior instructor of history; Andrei Korobkov, a professor of political science and international relations; and Mykola Kushnir, a graduate student and finance major from Dnipropetrovs’k, Ukraine.

Each panelist will make a five- to seven-minute presentation followed by a Q and A session moderated by John Vile, dean of the University Honors College and a political scientist.

“The Russian invasion of Ukraine has brought worldwide attention and has prompted demonstrations in many nations, including Russia and the U.S.,” Vile said. “This forum is an attempt to put the current situation into context.”

Dr. John Vile

Dr. John Vile

Mykola Kushnir, a graduate student in finance at MTSU and a Ukraine national (Photo submitted)

Mykola Kushnir

Topics are likely to include the impact on U.S./Russian relations, European migration and the international economic system, among other issues. The sponsors are the University Honors College and the American Democracy Project.

A campus parking map is available at Off-campus visitors can obtain a one-day permit at or park free in the university’s Rutherford Boulevard Lot and ride the Raider Xpress shuttle to the Honors Building.

For more information, contact Vile at 615-898-2596 or

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