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The Soviet Union and the Agenda for the 21st Century

Rushworth M. Kidder is the second speaker in the series on the Soviet Union sponsored by the Gould Center, the Keck Center, and the Athenaeum. He is the senior columnist for The Christian Science Monitor, and writes the paper's weekly "Perspectives" column on social issues and trends. Before joining the paper, Dr. Kidder spent ten years as a professor of English at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. He is the author of two books on American poetry, one of which won the 1980 Explicator Literary Foundation Award. Two of his Monitor essays appeared in the American Society of Newspaper Editors' Best Newspaper Writing, 1983.

In addition to his weekly column, Kidder writes major series for the Monitor. Recent series have focused on the social effects of television, marriage in America, international terrorism, and the cultural impact of quantum physics. One of his series, for which he interviewed 22 opinion leaders around the world, grew into a book titled An Agenda for the 21st Century (1987). A sequel, Reinventing the Future: Global Goals for the 21st Century, was published by MIT Press in June. He will offer valuable insight into the Soviet Union, present and future. He speaks at 7:00 p.m. in McKenna Auditorium, and his remarks are preceded by a 5:30 reception and 6:00 dinner at the Athenaeum. We hope to see you there.