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View of Quadrangle from Top Forrestal Building, by Tinsley, Jeff, 1987, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 87-7964-12 or 87-7964.12.

November 27, 1989

More than one hundred Associates from twenty-six states participate in the Smithsonian National Associate Program's "Update: Eastern Europe and the U.S.S.R." Journalists Hedrick Smith and Peter Jennings, Assistant Secretary for Research Robert Hoffmann, Kennan Institute staff, and visiting scholars provide background and varied opinions on the dramatic changes taking place in these nations.More

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