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U.S.-Russia Future Leaders Professional Development Workshop: Assessing Information about Russia and its Neighbors


Jill Dougherty (BA Russian ’70), Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Date & time

Sep 17, 2020, 11:30 am-12:40 pm EDT
Sep 18, 2020, 11:30 am-12:40 pm EDT


This is a Virtual Event.

The inaugural Ford/CREES U.S.-Russia Future Leaders Professional Development Workshop will be led by Jill Dougherty, (BA Russian ’70), Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. Participants must be current U-M students and will be admitted on a first come, first serve basis beginning September 1. The two-session online workshop will help students develop journalistic skills to assess the views of Russians on wide-spread protests in neighboring Belarus against the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko. Russians of all ages are drawing conclusions, both about Lukashenko’s control of his country, and about what lessons the public uprising has for Russian citizens living under the administration of Vladimir Putin. Special attention will be paid to the views of young Russians, wherever possible. Since this is a developing situation, students will have to think on their feet. Those students who register will receive short assignments the night before and after the first session. In the second session on Friday, students will receive feedback on their assignments and discuss a wide variety of news sources.

The workshop will take place online via Zoom.

This event is now filled, please register to be added to the waitlist.

More details will be provided upon registration but students must commit to participating in both days in order to attend.

Jill Dougherty served as CNN correspondent for three decades. Her area of expertise is Russia and the post-Soviet region. She served as CNN's Moscow Bureau Chief for almost a decade. Other postings include: White House correspondent; Foreign Affairs Correspondent covering U.S. State Department; U.S. Affairs Editor; Managing Editor CNN International, Asia-Pacific, based in Hong Kong. She pursued research on Russia as a fellow at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. and serves as member of the Kennan Institute Advisory Council. She is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University. As an expert on Russia, she is a CNN on-air Contributor. Her articles have appeared in;;;; and other publications.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies (CREES).