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Wofford to host ‘100 Years of Communism’ lecture Oct. 25

Director of Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation to speak

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Marion Smith '07, executive director, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Marion Smith, a civil-society leader, expert in international affairs and executive director of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC), will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, at Wofford College on “100 Years of Communism.”

The program, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Leonard Auditorium in Main Building on campus.

After graduating from Wofford College in 2007, Smith studied in England, France, the Netherlands and Hungary, where he received a masters’ degree in international relations from Central European University. His articles have appeared in USA Today,, The Hill, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal.

VOC is a U.S-based nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to educate people about the ideology, history and legacy of communism. VOC was established by unanimous act of Congress on Dec. 17, 1993, to build a memorial in Washington, D.C., to commemorate the more than 100 million victims of communism.