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Villanova University hosts panel discussion on Russia and internet politics

The US Department of Justice’s indictment of 13 Russian nationals was a climactic headline in the ongoing discussion about Russia’s alleged interference in US politics. In an effort to shed new light on this continuing issue, the Russian Area Studies Program in Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences brings together a distinguished panel of experts for “ Russia and Internet Politics” on Tuesday, March 20 from 4 – 5:15 p.m. in East Lounge, Dougherty Hall on Villanova’s campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The event is accessible via livestream here.

Moderated by Mark Schrad, PhD, associate professor of Political Science, panelists include:

Hank Carter

Hank Carter, PhD, assistant professor of Computing Sciences, Villanova University and an expert in cybersecurity and applied cryptography;

Sean Guillory

Sean Guillory, PhD, digital curator at the Center for Russian and East European Studies, University of Pittsburgh and host of Sean’s Russia Blog Podcast;

Kevin Rothrock

Kevin Rothrock, senior editor of the English language edition of Meduza, an online news source focusing on Russia.


The panelists in this roundtable discussion bring diverse perspectives and insights into Russian politics, history, internet journalism and cyber-security. In addition to US concerns for safeguarding American democracy, the panel will answer questions about how the Kremlin's influence in internet politics may affect Russia—a timely question as the country’s presidential election precedes this event by two days, scheduled for March 18.

“This wide-ranging discussion will help illuminate the new dynamics of hacking and cyber-politics, both within Russia and the United States,” said Dr. Schrad. “It will shine a light into the shadowy corners of an ongoing political dispute that is roiling both countries in different ways and will give greater insights into how we can better protect American democracy at home.”

About Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Since its founding in 1842, Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has cultivated knowledge, understanding and intellectual courage for a purposeful life in a challenged and changing world. With more than 40 majors across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, it is the oldest and largest of Villanova’s colleges, serving more than 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students each year. The College is committed to a teacher-scholar model, offering outstanding undergraduate and graduate research opportunities and a rigorous core curriculum that prepares students to become critical thinkers, strong communicators and ethical leaders with a truly global perspective.