Public Program- Jim Cooke and Lynn Parsons

Lectures and Performances
Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - 7:30pm

John Quincy Adams in Russia
by Lynn Parsons and Jim Cooke

J.Q. Adams2007 marks the 200th anniversary of the establishment of official diplomatic relations between the United States and Russia. Through times of peace and turmoil the two countries have maintained diplomatic ties. John Quincy Adams in Russia is a dramatic presentation that celebrates this significant anniversary and also the life of our first ambassador to Russia. The program will take the form of a dramatic dialogue between Adams biographer Lynn Parsons and professional actor Jim Cooke. This historically accurate and dynamically entertaining performance will explore the life and times of John Quincy Adams, who in 1781 at age 15 served as Secretary to the Mission to Russia and from 1809-1814 served as the first U.S. Minister to Russia.

John Quincy Adams in Russia is part of a region wide celebration. It will also be performed at the Old South Meeting House in Boston on September 20, 2007, at 6:30 p.m. and at the Amherst College Center for Russian Culture on September 23, 2007, at 3 p.m. Additionally, Dr. Parsons will deliver a lecture at the Massachusetts Historical Society on September 19, 2007, at 6:30 p.m. John Quincy Adams in Russia is supported by funds from the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities and the U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce of New England, Inc.

Jim Cooke has been portraying figures from the past for more than twenty years including Calvin Coolidge, Daniel Webster, Edward Everett, William Lloyd Garrison, and James Whitcomb Riley. He has been invited to give presentations at several presidential libraries and has appeared on the Today Show, C-Span, and National Public Radio.

Lynn Parsons is Professor Emeritus from S.U.N.Y. at Brockport where he chaired the history department. His biography of John Quincy Adams has been reviewed positively, and he is recognized for his expertise on John Quincy Adams and the Indians. He has published essays on Adams and his famous mother Abigail and has recently crafted a play The Tye More Binding based on the correspondence of Abigail and John Adams.

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