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Colorado State University Pueblo Host Faculty- Led Panel on Russo-Ukrainian War

Release Date: March 30, 2022

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War in Ukraine: A Panel Discussion

Pueblo— Colorado State University Pueblo will host a faculty-led panel and discussion to reflect on and inform campus community on the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine. The panel is free to attend and will be in person on Thursday, March 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the General Classroom Building room 111 or via Zoom webinar.

“The war in Ukraine has displaced 10 million civilians, cost the lives of upwards of 20,000 soldiers, and threatens to spread into western Europe,” said associate professor of political science and Director of the Center for the Study of Homeland Security, Steven Liebel, Ph.D. “The economic and political ramifications of Russia's ongoing invasion of Ukraine are being felt in every corner of the globe.”

Liebel will join panelists Justin Holman, Ph.D., Hassan School of Business professor, and Grant Weller, Ph.D., Department Chair of History, Political Science, Philosophy and Geography.

Weller is a historian with a focus on military history, international relations, European history, and Russian history. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Pennsylvania State University with minors in Russian Area Studies and Military Studies. He received his master’s degree in American history from the University of North Dakota and a doctoral degree in history from Temple University. Prior to his career with CSU Pueblo, Weller served on active duty with the U.S. Air Force for twenty-two years and retired in 2016.

Holman is an assistant professor in the Hassan School of Business. He received his master's and doctorate degrees in Geographic Information Science from the University of Oregon. He has nine peer-reviewed publications and has been invited to lecture or present at over 20 events. Holman has presented at the Decision Science Institute’s Annual Meeting twice in his career and was an invited lecturer for the University of Buffalo, Oklahoma State University, and Northwestern University.

Liebel has taught courses on topics including international relations, terrorism and peace studies. He received his doctoral degree in political science from the University of North Texas. His research focuses on warfighting behavior and third-party military interventions. He has published research in journals such as Social Science Quarterly, Conflict Management and Peace Science, and International Negotiation.

“Our panel of experts, who come from fields such as economics, Russian and military history, and international warfare, will address this topic in a two-hour in-person and Zoom webinar session that is open to all CSU Pueblo students, and the public,” said Liebel. “Panelists will introduce the audience to the history, present context, and consequences of the war and will field questions from the audience.”

This event is free and open to the public, all are encouraged to attend. For more information on the panel or panelists, contact Grant Weller at To join via zoom, see the event flyer here.

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