Fireside Chat

*A special thanks to Svetlana Polyakova and her colleagues for providing the video footage from Perm State.

President William LaForge delivers this edition of fireside chat from Perm State University in Russia where he is serving as a Fulbright Fellow.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. It is designed to increase mutual understanding between U.S. citizens and the people of other countries. LaForge first taught at Perm State in 2008 through the Center for International Legal Studies and returned in 2011 as a Fulbright Fellow.

“I am leading a specialized course on public policy, business-government relations, and business lobbying in the U.S. I am teaching students and professors in a wide range of majors but mostly those majoring in law, business, municipal management, and government relations,” said LaForge.

“I always find the students and faculty very challenging and very open to Western thought, especially with our legal system and the way business interacts with government.”

Students enrolled in the course join LaForge for the chat. They discuss why they enrolled in the course and what they hope to learn. The students share how the course compares to other courses they have taken at Perm.

LaForge closes with thanking his guests and encouraging the audience to keep up with news and updates from Russia by following

“Thank you for joining me today, and I will see you next week for another edition of fireside chat.”

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