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The Sochi Olympics and the Role of Athletes

Monday, December 2, 2013 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus Barnard Hall Sulzberger Parlor (3rd Floor)

Please join the Harriman Institute and the Barnard Department of Political Science for a discussion with Johnny Weir and Victor Weir-Voronov as they share their views on what role athletes may play during the Sochi Olympics. Moderated by Kimberly Marten, Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Political Science, Barnard College.

Johnny Weir is a two-time United States Olympian,three-time United States National Champion, and World Championship medalist.  He has been a featured speaker for advocacy groups, corporations, and news outlets.  He has recently begun working as a Goodwill Sports Ambassador to Japan and also works with the Russian Childrens Welfare Society and Russian Consulate in New York City.  In late 2013, Johnny announced his retirement from competitive figure skating, and has joined NBC Sports as an official commentator on figure skating for the 2014 Sochi Olympics Games.

Victor Weir-Voronov is an active member of a number of charitable organizations, such as GLAAD, The Human Rights Campaign, Athlete Ally,  and The Delaware Valley Legacy Fund.  After receiving his BA from Emory University and JD from Georgetown Law School, he worked at a law firm with offices in New York City and Moscow.  The son of Soviet immigrants who emigrated from Ukraine, Victor resides in New Jersey, with his husband, Johnny Weir-Voronov.

Online registration is required and seating is limited. Registration is open to students, faculty, and staff from Columbia University, Barnard College, and Teachers College.  Click HERE to register.

For directions to Barnard Hall, visit the Campus Map.