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News Display: Andropov Writes to U.S. Student

On April 25, 1983 Yuri Andropov, Former General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, responded to young American Samantha Smith, a fifth grader from Lewiston, Maine -- inviting her to visit his country and assuring her of efforts to establish peace between our counties. Samantha had written to Andropov to ask whether Russia was planning to start a nuclear war. Samantha not only flew to Russia, but became a peace activist, wrote a book and starred in a television series.

To celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Teachers College, we will showcase one interesting story per day on the history and development of Teachers College, including its departments, programs and members. Drawn from major national and international newspapers, the display in the Everett Cafe will run for 125 days, Monday, February 4th-Friday, July 26th.

In addition we will continue our weekly displays of educational news displays on a wide range of topics, as well as our daily postings of headlines from around the world.

Individuals with disabilities are invited to request reasonable accommodations including, but not limited to sign language interpretation, Braille or large print materials, and a campus map of accessible features. Address these requests to the Office of Access and Services for Individuals with Disabilities at (212) 678-3689,, or Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services at (212) 678-3853 V/TTY.



  • Jennifer Govan
  • 212-678-3022
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