Thursday, April 12, 2012

[384] MTSU Professors Join International Scholars in Russia

FOR RELEASE: April 11, 2012
EDITORIAL CONTACT: Gina Logue, 615-898-5081

Political Science, Social Work Educators Contribute to Migration Knowledge

MURFREESBORO—Three MTSU professors will share their expertise with the world’s top political scientists, analysts and policy makers Thursday, April 12, at a conference hosted by National Research University’s Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia.

The topic is “Migration in Host Countries: Social Constraints, Cultural Context and Political Consequences.”

Dr. Andrei Korobkov, professor of political science at MTSU, has conducted extensive research into the flow of intellectuals out of Russia following the breakup of the Soviet Union and the cultural and political impact of the flow of people among the former Soviet republics.

At the conference, Korobkov will explore the United States and Russia’s respective problems with migration policy. In addition, he will chair a panel discussion on mass media coverage of migration problems.

Dr. Kathleen Darby, assistant professor of social work, will talk about health care strategies for dealing with Russian migrant workers.

Dr. Barbara Turnage, professor of social work, will tackle the topic of migrant Russian families’ mental health needs.

In addition to the United States and Russia, researchers scheduled to attend the conference hail from Kazakhstan, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, Austria and Israel.

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