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Originally published in Compass, August 14, 2014
GSA Speaker Series concludes with two programs

On Thursday, August 14, at 6 p.m. in the Esther Wood Room at George Stevens Academy, author and Blue Hill resident Suzanne Massie will discuss her recent work, Trust But Verify: Reagan, Russia and me, and our country’s current relations with Russia. Massie has been involved in many aspects of study and work in the Soviet Union/Russia for 45 years. Her ability as an interpreter of Russian culture and bridge builder between the Russian and American people has been acknowledged by both countries. In Russia she has been the subject of a documentary film, is the winner of a prestigious literary prize, and is an active participant in the cultural and social concerns of the city of St. Petersburg. Her books Trust But Verify: Reagan, Russia and me, Land of the Firebird, Pavlovsk, The Living Mirror, Journey, and Nicholas and Alexandra have been read by millions.

For its final event of the season, the Speaker Series welcomes the return of art historian and Princeton University professor emeritus John Wilmerding on Tuesday, August 19, at 6 p.m. in the Esther Wood Room. Professor Wilmerding will speak about American artists and the Civil War. Once a visiting curator in the Department of American art at the Metropolitan Museum, Wilmerding has also served as Senior Curator and Deputy Director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington. He is currently chairman of the board of trustees of the National Gallery and a trustee of the Guggenheim Museum, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, and the Wyeth Foundation for American Art. President Obama reappointed him to the Committee for the Preservation of the White House. A noted scholar of American art and cultural studies, he is author of monographs on Fitz Henry Lane, John F. Peto, Winslow Homer, and Thomas Eakins. Over the last few years he has written books on Richard Estes, Robert Indiana, Tom Wesselmann, and Roy Lichtenstein.

The Summer Speaker Series is a program of George Stevens Academy bringing talks and workshops to the summer community. For more information, call 374-2800 or visit