Sullivan, a regular interview subject for media outlets, provided
important insight to the students, including the most up-to-date
information regarding the Russian invasion of Ukraine as well as
historical context to help explain current events, Stark said.
Stark said Sullivan, who has met Russian President Vladimir Putin,
also discussed with students Putin's background and influences to help
broaden their perspective.
Students were engaged and asked questions, particularly about the
plight of Ukrainians. Sullivan provided the latest numbers on
Ukrainians who have left the country, Stark said.
The discussion with Sullivan amplified material that students had
prepared to learn about czarist Russia and figures such as Peter the
Great and Catherine the Great.
Stark said he asked students to share their thoughts after the
discussion. "I was struck by a lot of the responses. A lot of the
students were very much interested in the number of people fleeing
Ukraine, about mothers leaving with their children and family members
staying behind to fight," he said.
He also noted that another student wondered what Sullivan has
experienced personally living in Moscow in these difficult
circumstances and separated from his family. Stark was impressed that
the student recognized this sacrifice and took into account the
humanity of the role Sullivan is carrying out.