Submitted by Patricia M. Allen

September 10, 2007
Contact: Stacey Schmeidel
Director of Public Affairs

AMHERST, Mass.—To mark the 200th anniversary of the establishment of official diplomatic relations between the United States and Russia, the Center for Russian Culture at Amherst College will host a dramatic presentation by actor and scriptwriter Jim Cooke.

The event will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, in the Center for Russian Culture (Webster Hall, second floor) at Amherst College. A reception will follow. The event is open to the public at no charge.

The program will take the form of a dramatic dialogue between Adams’ biographer, Dr. Lynn Parsons, and contemporary professional actor and scriptwriter Jim Cooke. Cooke has portrayed such figures from the past as Calvin Coolidge, Daniel Webster and William Lloyd Garrison.

The Amherst College Center for Russian Culture was established through the generous gift of Thomas P. Whitney ’37. The center is made up of what is generally considered to be the world’s largest private holding of Russian books, manuscripts, newspapers and periodicals.

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