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Center for Civic Engagement Presents

Friday, November 30, 2018
US-Russian Relations: From Tehran to Yalta and Beyond
Blithewood, Levy Institute
9:00 am – 5:30 pm
A Symposium Marking the 75th Anniversary of the Tehran Conference

Organized by the Center for Civic Engagement, Bard College, in association with the Yeltsin Presidential Library, the Roosevelt Institute, and the FDR Presidential Library and Museum

For most Americans, the most controversial—and famous—summit meeting of the Second World War remains the Yalta Conference, where, in the minds of many conservative critics, Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt essentially handed over control of Poland and much of Eastern Europe to the Soviet Union. What is often overlooked, however, is that most of the agreements achieved at Yalta were first discussed over a year earlier at the Tehran Conference. Viewed from this perspective, the Yalta Conference represents the moment at which “the Big Three” put the finishing touches on what was already agreed at the Tehran gathering.

The aim of this joint US-Russian symposium is to gain a deeper understanding of the Tehran Conference and what impact the decisions taken at this first, all-important summit meeting had on US-Russian relations, not only during the Yalta Conference but also in the years that followed.  

The symposium will be accompanied by a dual exhibition featuring key documents, photographs, and film footage drawn from the FDR Presidential Library and selected by a group of Bard students who are taking a special topics course on US-Russian relations during the war. Additional historical materials will also be provided by the Yeltsin Presidential Library, in St. Petersburg, where the main exhibition will be housed, supported by a smaller student-curated exhibition at Bard College. 

For more information, call 845-758-6822, or e-mail

Time: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Location: Blithewood, Levy Institute