Thursday, October 13, 2011
Russian peacemaker Marina Shishova hopes that by spending time with Westminster College students she will help increase their awareness not only of her native culture, but of the importance of cultivating international relationships.
Shishova — the president of the Interchurch Partnership of St. Petersburg, a researcher at the Orthodox Institute for Missiology and Ecumenism and a former member of the Executive Committee of Pax Christi International — is on campus today as part of the 2011 Global Leaders in Residence Program.
The program, which is sponsored by the Emerson Center for Leadership and Service, aims to bring in global leaders to talk to and meet with classes on a more intimate level than the large lectures usually given by visiting speakers.
Shishova said that she hopes that opportunity to interact with Westminster students — as well as a public lecture she gave Thursday afternoon — will leave them with “maybe a better understanding of the situation in Russia.”