Mitchell Aboulafia
Department of Philosophy
University of Colorado
Denver, CO. 80217
Tel. 303-556-8558
Chair, Department of Philosophy, director of the Humanities and Social Science Graduate Programs; professional interests include American philosophy, pragmatism, social theory; author of several books on continental and American philosophy.
Constance L. Akridge
Wadhams & Akridge
1120 Shadow Lane, Suite D
Las Vegas, NV 89102
Tel. 702-880-4528
President, Clark County Bar Association; partner, Wadhams & Akridge; expert in insurance litigation and regulation, health care, commercial litigation; organizer of the "Dialogue on Freedom," program pioneered by Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Robert J. Antonio
Department of Sociology
University of Kansas
716 Fraser Hall
Lawrence, KS 66045
Professor of Sociology; research interests are in the area of sociological theory, history of social theory, American economy and society; published extensively on modernity and radical social theory; recipient of numerous awards for excellence in teaching.
Thomas Burkholder
Hank Greenspan School of Communications
University of Nevada LV
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Tel. 702-895-4376
Professor and Basic Course Director in public speaking and inter-personal communication; student of rhetorical theory and rhetorical criticism; publications include works on 19th century US public addresses, the rhetoric of woman suffrage, and presidential rhetoric.
Donald E. Carns
Department of Sociology
University of Nevada LV
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Tel. 702-895-0256
Professor of sociology; founding director, UNLV Center for Health Information Analysis; conducted a pioneering survey of Nevada judges in 1992; research interests include gambling behavior, religion and magic, and sociology of medicine.
Marietta O. Chudakova
Moscow Literary Institute
Miklukho-Maklaia 39,
Kor.2, kv. 380
Moscow 18485, Russia
Tel. 095-375-7803
Professor of literature; member, European Academy; former member of Boris Yeltsin Presidential Council and State Clemency Commission; asisstant to the head of Russian government; expert on Soviet literature and literary archives; international authority on Mikhail Bulgakov.

Boris Z. Doktorov
100 Village Ln., 228
Foster City, CA 94404
Tel. 650-571-5593

Independent scholar and consultant; a leading Russian sociologist who conducted pioneering research on public opnion in Russia and the United States; author of books and articles about methodology of social research, opinoin polling, and history of sociology; co-director of the CDC International Biographical Initiative project.
David R. Dickens
Department of Sociology
University of Nevada LV
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Tel. 702-895-0262
Professor of sociology; areas of expertise include sociological theory, urban sociology, postmodernist ethnography; an author of several books and studies on Las Vegas culture, social structure, economic trends, race relations, and regional politics.
Mikhail N. Epstein
Department of Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures
1707 N. Decatur Rd. Emory
University, Atlanta GA 30322
Tel. 404-727-2594
Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Cultural Theory and Russian Literature; former director of the Laboratory of Modern Culture (Moscow); author of several monographs on Russian literature, Russian philosophy, religious movements, and transcultural developments.
Boris M. Firsov
European University at
St. Petersburg, 3 Gagarinskaia
St. Petersburg 191187, Russia
Tel. 0-812-275-5137
Rector, European University at St. Petersburg; former director of St. Petersburg TV Station; published several books and numerous studies on popular culture, mass media, Russian intelligentsia, political sociology, and social science methods.
James H. Frey
College of Liberal Arts
University of Nevada LV
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Tel. 702-895-3401
Dean, UNLV College of Liberal Arts; cofounder of the UNLV Survey Center; published extensively on sociology of sports and social psychology; member of the Las Vegas Rotary Club; spearheaded the UNLV College of Liberal Arts Foundation.
Jeffrey C. Goldfarb
Department of Sociology,
New School University
65 5th Avenue,
New York, NY 10003
Tel. 212-229-5779
Michael E. Gellert professor of sociology; co-founder with Adam Michnick of Democracy Seminar and the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies; published numerous studies in the area of civic culture, civic education, and democratic reforms in Eastern Europe.
Eugene W. Halton
Department of Sociology
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Tel. 219-239-6463
Professor of sociology and American Studies; research interests and publications focus on American culture, modernity, pragmatism, human body, and artistic experience; writes public interest columns for various newspapers; founder of the "Off the Wall Blues Band."
Ruth Horowitz
Department of Sociology
New York University
296 Mercer Str.
New York, NY 10003
Tel. 212-998-8383
Professor of sociology; Secretary-Treasurer, the Citizens Advocacy Center which trains public representatives of Medical Licensing and Disciplinary Boards; did research and published several studies on youth gangs, welfare and teen mothers, professional associations.
Natalia B. Ivanova
Znamia
Moscow Bolshaia Sadovaia,
d. 2/46, 103001 Mocow, Russia
Tel. 095-2549515
Editor, Znamia, a leading Russian literary and political magazine; expert on Russian culture, socialist realism, literature in the Stalinist era; published numerous works on the Russian intelligentsia, literary criticism, and contemporary Russian art.
Ted G. Jelen
Department of Political Science
University of Nevada LV
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Tel. 702-895-3355
Chair, Department of Political Science; editor, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion; student of comparative religion, author of numerous studies on religious practices and institutions in the US and Europe; commentator on the Las Vegas political scene.
Hans Joas
University of Erfurt &
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL 60637
Tel. 0049-361-737-2631
Director, Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies in Erfurt (Germany) and Professor of Sociology and Social Thought at the University of Chicago; authored several books on social theory, pragmatism, values, and creativity.
Seymour Khalilov
US-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce,
1212 Potomac St. N.W.
Washington DC 20007
Tel. 202-333-8702
Executive Director, US-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce; conducted market research and published various studies on business opportunities in Azerbaijan and the Caspian region; facilitates commercial and cultural exchange between the US and Azerbaijan.
Igor S. Kon
Institute of Ethnology & Anthropology, Leninsky Pr. 32a
117334 Moskow, Russia
Tel. 095-137-5576
Member, Russian Academy of Education; recipient of several national and international scholarship awards; author of numerous books on comparative childhood, youth culture, social psychology, human body, sexuality, and Russian culture.

Kathryn E. Landreth
Las Vegas Metropolitan
Police Department,
400 Stewart Av.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Tel. 702-229-3304

Chief, Office of Policy and Planning, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department; former US Attorney for the State of Nevada; chair, Nevada Center for Law-Related Education; member, Clark County Public Education Foundation.
Bruce Mazlish
Massachusetts Institute
of Technology,
History Faculty, BLD E5,
Cambridge, MA 02139
Tel. 617-253-4456
Professor of history; founder of the New Global History Initiative, an international group uniting historians focused on the problems of globalization; former editor of History & Theory; author of books on psychohistory, social theory, and the history of technology.
John Murtagh
Longford Homes
3077 East Warm Springs Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89120
Tel. 702-376-5287
President, Longford Group, builder and developer of residential and commercial properties in Nevada and other states; past president, Nevada Homebuilders Association; volunteer, Citizen Democracy Corps; co-sponsor, Nevada Conference on Russian Culture.
Philip M. Pro
US District Court,
United States Courthouse,
333 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Tel. 702-464-5510
US District Court Judge, District Nevada; actively involved with national and state civic education programs; judge for "We the People" state contests; participant in the US government and ABA sponsored Central and East European Law Initiative programs.
Hal K. Rothman
Department of History
University of Nevada LV
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Tel. 702-895-1012
Chair, Department of History; editor of the Environmental History; author of numerous books and studies on US West, environmental history, public history, Southern Neada trends; commentator on Las Vegas culture, politics, and history.
Stephen M. Rowland
Department of Geoscience
University of Nevada LV
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Tel. 702-895-3625
Professor of geology; member, Board of Directors, Death Valley Natural History Association and Citizens for Active Management of the Frenchman-Sunrise Mountain Area; student of environmental policy and land use in the US, China, and the Russian Federation.
Dmitri N. Shalin
Department of Sociology
University of Nevada LV
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Tel. 702-895-0259
Professor of sociology; director, UNLV Center for Democratic Culture; organized several international conferences on Russian society, culture, and art; research interests and publications are in the area of social theory, pragmatism, democratic culture, and emotional intelligence.
Richard Shusterman
Department of Philosophy
Temple University
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Tel. 215-204-0109
Chair, Department of Philosophy; director, UNESCO program on urbanism and popular music; student of Anglo-American philosophy, aesthetics, and democratic theory; authored books on pragmatism, aesthetics, popular culture, and philosophy as a way of life.
John L. Smith
Las Vegas Review-Journal
1111 West Bonanza Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89106-3545
Tel. 702-383-0295
Newspaper columnist; student of Nevada history, observer of the Las Vegas cultural and political scene; winner of several awards for excellence in journalism; author of several books on Las Vegas politics, economics, and social life.
Robert W. Solomon
American Nevada Corporation
901 N. Green Valley Pkwy
Henderson, NV 89012
Tel. 702-990-2160
General Counsel, American Nevada Corporation; actively involved with the UNLV Foundation; member of the Board of Directors of the International Festival of Russian Art and Culture.
Frederick Starr
Johns Hopkins University
Cental Asia Institute
1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington DC 20036-2213
Chair, Central Asia Institute at Nietze School of Advanced Studies, Johns Hopkins University; expert on Russian-American relations, student of Russian popular culture, author of a monograph on the history of Russian jazz and other studies.
Jeffrey W. Stempel
William S. Boyd School of Law
University of Nevada LV
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Tel. 702-895-3671
Professor of Law, cofounder of the Yale Law and Policy Review; research interests are in the areas of professional responsibility, insurance law, evidence, and alternative dispute resolution; author of numerous books, special journal issues, and articles.
Marcia Stribling
State of Bar of Nevada
600 East Charleston Blwd.
Las Vegas, NV 89104
Tel. 702-382-2200
Coordinator, Law Related Education, State Bar of Nevada; develops civic education programs in the state; former executive director, Northern New Jersey Girl Scout Council; oversaw strategic planning, membership development, and fund raising.
Dina Titus
Department of Political Science,
University of Nevada LV
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Tel. 702-895-3756
Professor of political science; student of American and Nevada politics; published on nuclear weapons, waste disposal, women politics; Senate Minority Leader, Nevada State Legislature; helped secure funding for the Nevada Humanities Committee.
Robert H. Tracy
College of Fine Arts
University of Nevada LV
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Tel. 702-895-4210
Associate Dean, College of Fine Arts; organized innovative art programs and exhibitions at the UNLV Barrick Museum, including "At the Edge of Time: Painting, Installations, Drawings by Clayton Campbell" and "Contemporary Irish Art."
Paul Werth
Department of History
University of Nevada LV
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Tel. 702-895-3344
Professor of history, student of Russian history and culture, with special interest in the issues of religious freedom and non-mainstream religious currents in the former Soviet Union; published several studies on confessional politics in the Russian empire.
Thomas C. Wright
Department of History
University of Nevada LV
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Tel. 702-895-3316
Professor of history, editor of Halcyon; research is in the area of Latin American and Central American studies, with the focus on the history and politics of Chile; published several volumes on land ownership, land reform, and food politics in Latin America.