Contacts:	Suzanne Trimel				For immediate release

		(212) 854-5573				May 2, 1997

		Susan Holmes

		Harriman Institute

		(212) 854-8487


Harriman Institute-Associated Press Conference on Russia's Future Slated for May 7 at Columbia University
Seventy-five top international scholars, journalists and policymakers will examine major trends and issues in Russia during a conference Wednesday, May 7, at Columbia University sponsored by The Associated Press and Columbia's Harriman Institute. The fourth annual joint AP-Harriman Institute conference, titled "Debating Russia's Future," will bring together leading scholars in the field, including Robert Legvold, Richard Ericson and Alexander Motyl of the Harriman Institute; Andrew Goodman of the State Department, now a visiting scholar at Harriman; and Peter Reddaway of American University. Participating journalists will include Eleanor Randolph of the Los Angeles Times; Katrina vanden Heuvel of The Nation and Stephen Handelman of the Toronto Star. Participants will debate the future of Russia's democratic government, its market economy and its relations with its immediate neighbors. David Remnick of The New Yorker, author of Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire and Resurrection: The Struggle for a New Russia, will deliver the keynote address at 12:30 P.M. The conference will take place from 8:30 A.M. to 6: 30 P.M. in the Dag Hammarskjold Lounge, 6th floor, School of International and Public Affairs, West 118th Street at Amsterdam Avenue. A luncheon will be held at Columbia's Faculty House and the event will conclude with a reception. The media is invited to cover the event. Please call in advance, if you plan to attend, or if you wish to obtain the full conference schedule. 5.2.97 19,119