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Smart Talk: Crisis in Ukraine; Susquehanna Art Museum update

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Mar 3, 2014 4:18 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, March 4, 2014:

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Crisis in Ukraine

Whether to get closer to European nations or Russia.  That choice for Ukraine -- even though it may sound simple -- is behind a tension-filled crisis that has Russia seizing control of the Crimea Peninsula in Ukraine and threatening military action.

Ties to Europe or Russia could result in a very different future for Ukraine economically, in foreign policy, and amongst the Ukrainian people.

There is much at stake for Ukraine and ultimately the rest of the world that is watching an aggressive Russia.

Tuesday's Smart Talk features two local academics to discuss the history and significance of Russia's incursion into Ukraine.

Appearing on the program are Dr. Karl Qualls, an associate professor of history at Dickinson College, who specializes in Russian history and Dr. R. Craig Nation, who is a visiting professor of political science and security studies at Dickinson College and a professor of strategy and director of the Russian and Eurasian Studies at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle.


Dr. Karl Qualls & Dr. R. Craig Nation

Dickinson College will host a panel discussion on the issues in Ukraine this Thursday (March 6) at 7pm  in the Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 360 W. Louther St., Carlisle. Panelists include: Karl Qualls, Dickinson College; R. Craig Nation, Dickinson College; and Marybeth Ulrich, U.S. Army War College. Russell Bova, Dickinson College, will moderate the discussion.

Susquehanna Art Museum Update

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Rendering of new Susquehanna Art Museum in Harrisburg

Also, the Susquehanna Art Museum is less than a year away from a new permanent home.  When completed at Third and Calder Streets in Harrisburg, the museum will feature exhibits and be the headquarters for the museum missions such as providing art education in Central Pennsylvania.

We'll get an update on the project and discuss the arts with Dr. Laurene Buckley, Executive Director of the Susquehanna Art Museum, Andrew Giorgione, chair of the museum's building committee, and Nancy Mendes, chair of the museum's exhibitions/education committee.


Dr. Laurene Buckley, Andrew Giorgione, Nancy Mendes

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-03-04 09:17

    Jo emails:

    A few years ago, Pres. Putin cut off, or threatened to cut off, supplies of natural gas to Ukraine. This occurred in the dead of winter. It was done, according to experts at the time, to coerce Ukraine's alliance with Russia against Western Europe.

    Today, Putin is explaining his military position against Ukraine in the Crimea as a necessary action to protect Russians there. In juxtaposition to the natural gas cutoff, his current position appears to be a statement of convenience, i.e., he did not care about the welfare of Russians when he threatened to cut off their major heating source, but he does "care about them" now that this paternalism appears to be a way to annex Ukraine into Russia.

    Why is this (the natural gas cutoff) not being discussed?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-03-04 09:28

    Eugene emails:

    Wow!! What an amazing voice of reason and perspective in the midst of simplistic and panicky outbursts on the part of so many in the news media and government. Most people reporting on this just don't have any idea of the dynamics involved in that area of the world. It's just East vs West.


  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-03-04 09:29

    Brad emails:

    How are the actions in Crimea being received by the Russian people, both the elites and the general population? How do you think those reactions will temper what Putin is willing to try going forward?

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