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James H. Billington
The Future of the U.S.S.R.
MONDAY, MARCH 26, 1990 4:00 p.m.
The Athenaeum is pleased to welcome James H. Billington, the current librarian of Congress, as the final speaker in this semester's series on the Soviet Union. In his speech, "The Future of the U.S.S.R.," Mr. Billington discusses the rapid changes now occurring in the Soviet Union and their effects on the country's future.

In addition to his current position in Washington, D.C., Mr. Billington is an accomplished writer and historian. He began his teaching career at Harvard University in 1957, and later became a professor of history at Princeton University. For most of the past 15 years, Mr. Billington has served as director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, where he was in charge of establishing the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies. He is the author of several books, including The Icon and the Axe (1966), a major work on Russian intellectual history. He has appeared on numerous television shows and has been to the Soviet Union several times. In 1988 he accompanied President Reagan to the Soviet summit.

Mr. Billington received his undergraduate degree from Princeton and his doctorate from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes scholar at Balliol College. He also holds several honorary degrees and is a member of numerous academic societies.

Mr. Billington's address will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the Athenaeum and will be followed by a reception. There will be no dinner.