May 28, 2008
UAlbany's Emeritus Center Hosts Expert on Russia May 28The University at Albany's Emeritus Center will host a conversation with Barbara Jancar-Webster of the Albany/Tula Alliance on May 28 at 4 p.m.
The Center, located at 1215 Western Avenue in UAlbany's University Administration Building, is a gathering place for retired faculty and staff and the second such center in the SUNY system.
She will discuss Russia from a Sister City Perspective. A Distinguished State University of New York Professor Emerita, Jancar-Webster earned her Ph.D. at the Harriman Institute (then called the Russian Institute), Columbia University. A board member since 2000 of the Albany-Tula Alliance, Albany's sister-city organization with Russia, she has spent her career studying the political economy of the former Soviet Union and Central and East European states, with particular emphasis on the status of women and environmental policy and management. Jancar-Webster twice participated in the SUNY/Moscow State University academic exchange program.
Her 1978 book Women under Communism (Johns Hopkins University Press) was pioneering in the systematic study of the status of women in Communist regimes.
As chair of the Albany/Tula Alliance Education and Culture Committee, Jancar-Webster has helped organize exchanges between university professors and faculty in Tula and university professors and faculty in the Albany region.
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