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AU President Neil Kerwin, IRC Founder & Chair Susan Carmel Lehrman, and IRC Advisory Committee Member Joseph Duffey
Guests and students gather in the new School of International Service atrium for cocktails and dessert.
AU President Neil Kerwin gives the opening remarks.
His Excellency Ambassador Sergey Kislyak thanks American University and Susan Lehrman for the success of the IRC.
CAS Dean Peter Starr gives a fitting tribute to the stunning success of the IRC during its first year.
Professor Eric Lohr proudly accepts the appointment to the Susan E. Lehrman Chair of Russian History and Culture at AU.
The IRC also celebrated the acquisition of the late Richard Stites' library, donated by his son, Andrei Stites.
AU graduate A.J. Welch performs a jazzed-up version of Richard Stites' favorite song, "Temnaya Noch."
(L-R): Harry Leach (Library of Congress), Kristen Regina (Hillwood Museum), David Goldfrank (Georgetown University), Bill Mayer (AU Bender Library).
AU students sign the guest book in the Richard Stites Memorial Room. The book was given in gratitude to Andrei Stites.