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Russian and Slavic Studies Professor John G. Garrard Named Woodrow Wilson Senior Fellow

2004 — The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a division of the Smithsonian Institute of the United States government, has named John G.  Garrard, Professor of Russian Studies at the University of Arizona, to be a Senior Fellow for the 2004-2005 academic year. The Woodrow Wilson Center provides 20-25 such senior fellowships each academic year to "individuals with outstanding projects . . . that illuminate [the] contemporary policy issues which confront the United States." Professor Garrard's proposal, "From Party to Patriarch: Russian Orthodoxy Resurgent," argues that the resurgence of the status and power of the Russian Orthodox Church is ". . . the hidden mainstream that colors current political and social conflicts in Russia today, and also contours Russian international behavior."

Senior Fellows at the Wilson Center, located in Washington D.C. are provided a stipend, a fully equipped office, a research assistant, and special access to the National Archives and the Library of Congress. Fellows are "expected to share their expertise" with the Washington D.C. policy-making community, including members of the U.S. Congress and their staffs. The Woodrow Wilson Center differs from academe in that its mission is to link "the worlds of learning and of public policy" for the benefit of all mankind. Applications are accepted globally from distinguished individuals from universities, government, corporations, and other professions.

"I am delighted to be going back to Washington D.C. to be at the Woodrow Wilson Center, the international crossroads for brainstorming ideas with other scholars from all over the globe. I know from previous experience that the resources of Washington D.C., are unparalleled for the study of any topic related to Russia."

John Garrard was earlier a Senior Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center from 1984-85, the first year he was appointed a Professor at the University of Arizona. His previous fellowship resulted in the book Inside the Soviet Writers Union, published by the Free Press, a division of Simon & Schuster, 1990.

Professor Garrard has simultaneously been granted a sabbatical from the University of Arizona for the academic year 2004-2005 so that he may take up this appointment.

In May-June 2005, following his stay at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Professor Garrard has been invited to continue his research as Senior Associate Member of St. Antony's College at Oxford University in England.

He will return to his position as Professor in the Department of Russian and Slavic Studies at the UA in August 2005.
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