Russia and Ukraine discussed tomorrow night in Hoover 105

Two people with extended experience in Russia and Ukraine will visit campus tomorrow night (Wednesday) to discuss what civility might look like in the Russia/Ukraine relationship. The session will be in Hoover 105 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Johan Maurer lived in Russia for 10 years, teaching English and working with Quaker meetings in that country. Stu Willcuts has decades of experience delivering aid to crisis-torn nations, including in Ukraine after the Russian invasion of the Crimea and Donbas regions of eastern Ukraine.

War is the worst-case scenario when civility breaks down. Maurer and Willcuts will share their perceptions of what caused such a catastrophic breakdown between Russia and Ukraine. Did they ever enjoy a civil, productive relationship? How did the relationship deteriorate? What effects has it had? Is there a path toward building a constructive, civil relationship?

The public is welcome. A Zoom link will be available; watch for it on the Civility Project website. If you have questions, contact project director Ron Mock at

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