Sergei Khrushchev, son of former Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev, will be in conversation with James Blight and janet Lang of the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA), at the next Signature Lecture at The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).

“Kennedy, Khrushchev and ‘Six More Years’: What They Might Have Accomplished, 1963-1969,” will take place on Thursday, November 7. This event is co-sponsored by CIGI and the BSIA.

On the eve of the fiftieth anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, the event is an opportunity to consider one of the most tantalizing what-if scenarios of the twentieth century: what might President Kennedy and Premier Khrushchev have accomplished if the former survived Dallas and the latter avoided the coup that removed him from power in October 1964?

CIGI invites media to cover this free public Signature Lecture. Members of the media can register in advance by emailing Kevin Dias, CIGI communications specialist, at [email protected]. Members of the public who want to attend in person can find more information, including how to register, by visiting: Those who are not in Waterloo or who want to watch the lecture from home can view the live-webcast at no cost by visiting the same link for registration. 


Sergei N. Khrushchev is a senior fellow at the Thomas J. Watson Jr. Institute for International Studies at Brown University. Trained as a nuclear engineer in the Soviet Union, he is also the author of many books and articles about his father, Nikita Khrushchev.

James Blight is the CIGI chair in foreign policy development at the BSIA, and an award-winning author and scholar. An expert in critical oral history, he has been heavily involved in the making of the films The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons From the Life of Robert S. McNamara and Virtual JFK: Vietnam if Kennedy Had Lived.

janet Lang is Research Professor at the BSIA and the University of Waterloo’s Department of History, and is the co-creator of the critical oral history research method. She is also co-author of several books on the foreign policy of the Kennedy administration.

Public Event:

CIGI Signature Lecture (co-sponsored by the BSIA): “Kennedy, Khrushchev and ‘Six More Years’: What They Might Have Accomplished, 1963-1969”

Date: Thursday, November 7, 2013

Time: 7-9 p.m.

The CIGI Campus Auditorium
67 Erb St. West, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Kevin Dias, Communications Specialist, CIGI
Tel: 519.885.2444, ext. 7356, Email: [email protected]

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