The annual Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies open house will be held 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, in 116 Harrison Hall. The open house will feature traditional Russian food and will honor Dan Jacobs, professor emeritus of political science, who recently retired after 50 years of teaching at Miami. Jacobs will speak before the open house on “50 Years of Teaching Russia,” at 4 p.m. in 320 King Library.
Also on Dec. 1, the “Wall,” an installation erected on the Slant Walk to represent the Berlin Wall, designed and built by architecture students in Sergio Sanabria’s studio class, will be dismantled.
These events, free and open to the public, are sponsored by the Miami University Libraries, the Havighurst Center and the department of political science. They conclude the Havighurst Center’s fall theme “1989: 20 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall.”
“Freedom & Joy: Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall,” a concert by the Miami University Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ricardo Averbach, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 in Hall Auditorium. The concert, a collaboration of the Performing Arts Series and department of music, features soloist William Sauerland, countertenor (Miami ’05) and a narration of Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” by President David Hodge. The concert is sponsored by the Havighurst Center for Russian & Post-Soviet Studies, with additional funding from the Ohio Arts Council.
Tickets are $14 for adults, $13 for senior citizens and $7 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, go to http://www.muohio.edu/PerformingArtsSeries or call the box office at 529-3200.