Education: Iron Curtain Raising on Campus

With glasnost, Soviet studies are popular once again

Old hands in Sovietology have never seen anything like it. This semester at Columbia University's Harriman Institute for Advanced Study of the Soviet Union, 340 applicants put in for 39 spots, twice as many as in 1984. In California the Rand/UCLA Center for the Study of Soviet International Behavior was bombarded by ten applicants for each of its five openings. At Vermont's Middlebury College, almost 10% of the 1,900 undergraduates now major in Soviet studies, a program only in its third year. Says Berkeley Political Scientist Gail Lapidus: "Suddenly, it's an exciting time to be in Soviet studies."

Indeed, Soviet-American relations...

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