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Soviet Artists and Scientists To Meet With U.S. Counterparts

April 20, 1985

CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. (AP) _ Soviet artists and scientists will join their American counterparts this summer for a week of discussions and poetry readings at a cultural institute, the sponsor announced.

″Perhaps for the first time ever, persons designated by the government of the Soviet Union will engage in open, visible interchange with American leaders, scholars and citizens,″ Daniel L. Bratton, president of the Chautauqua Institution, said Friday.

″These Soviet political and artistic representatives will see democracy at its best,″ he said.

A staff member of the Soviet Union’s ruling central committee and a deputy U.S. secretary of state were among those expected to attend the session, to be held the week of June 24 at the institute, which is in rural western New York near the Pennsylvania border.

Others who indicated they would attend included representatives of the Soviet Academy of Sciences, American singers, and a Soviet poet, Bratton said.

Bratton said the speakers will include R. Mark Palmer, deputy assistant secretary of state for European affairs, with a response by the leader of the Soviet delegation.

Others representing American viewpoints will be Helmut Sonnenfeldt, former senior member of the National Security Council, and Brent Scowcroft, its former director and a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant general.

They are to be joined by Dr. S. Frederick Starr, Oberlin University president; Dr. Edwin Keenan, of Harvard University’s Russian Research Center, and Dr. Vamik D. Volkan, of University of Virginia School of Medicine.

The Russian delegation is to be led by Yvegeny Primokow or Sergei Tikvinski, representing the Soviet Academy of Sciences, Batton said.

Others will include Versvilot Ovchinikov, principal political observer and chief editorial writer for Pravda, the Russian Communist Party’s official newspaper; Yuri Zamoshkin, historian and Central Committee staff member; Dr. Tatiana Chervakhova, professor of medicine and gynecology at the All Union Center of Medicine; and a classical musician, jazz musician and folk-music artist.