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Harley Wagler, lecturer at the UNN Department of Business Culture and Psychology, was awarded a Letter of Appreciation by the Rector of Lobachevsky University for many years of his fruitful work to develop international cooperation, for his devoted service in teaching international and Russian students and on the occasion of his 80th birthday anniversary.

Mr. Wagler's collaboration with Lobachevsky University began in 1994 when he was appointed Director of the Russian Studies Program (RSP). This program for U.S. and Canadian students became a unique example of cooperation between universities of the North American continent and Russia, one of the longest and most successful programs of international cooperation between the UNN and foreign universities. It contributed to establishing and developing educational and cultural relations and to increasing the international prestige of Lobachevsky University.

During the 17 years of the Russian Studies Program, Harley Wagler and his students also carried out extensive social and charitable work in Nizhny Novgorod's social institutions. Today, many program graduates (out of the total number of more than 600) teach at American universities and work for international organizations.

After the program closed in 2007, Harley Wagler joined the university as a lecturer in American literature at the Institute of Philology and Journalism. He is currently a lecturer in the Department of Business Culture and Psychology at the UNN Institute of Economics and Entrepreneurship and teaches several undergraduate courses for international students.

Harley Wagler was born September 9, 1941 to Amish (German American) parents in Kansas. He holds a degree in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of Kansas and speaks English, German, Russian, Bulgarian and Serbian. He is an expert in the work of Mikhail Bulgakov, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Vladimir Makanin and other Russian writers and philosophers, as well as Serbian and Bulgarian authors. During his vacation time in the United States, he lectures on Russian culture, politics and literature.