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
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.