The Lakeshore Museum Center will use its newest exhibit “Joe Beyrle: A Hero of Two
Nations”, to explore the importance of cultural exchanges and international studies in a
seminar on June 8. Joe Beyrle is one of the few men known to have served in both the
American and Russian Armies during World War II. His heroic story has been told in
both nations and is now coming home to Muskegon.
Seminar presenters include John Beyrle, the former American Ambassador to Russia
(2008 – 2012). A career diplomat who joined the State Department in 1983, John is the
son of Joe Beyrle and a graduate of the Grand Valley State University Russian Studies
Joining the Ambassador will be Gregory Guroff, the President of the Foundation for
International Arts & Education in Bethesda, Maryland. Mr. Guroff served the State
Department as a specialist in Russian Affairs and taught Russian history for ten years.
Mr. Guroff and Amb. Beyrle have devoted much of their careers to expanding
opportunities for students and schools to participate in educational and cultural
exchanges, and look forward to sharing their insights and experiences in an interactive
discussion. Together, they will use Joe Beyrle's story and the “Hero of Two Nations”
exhibit to discuss the ongoing need for cross cultural studies in today’s world.
The seminar will be held at:
Grand Valley Michigan Alternative &
Renewable Energy Center
200 Viridian Drive
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
June 8, 2012
Admission is free. Registration is required.
To register please contact Lisa Bougher
Lisa Bougher firstname.lastname@example.org