The Geopolitics Club at Clark Magnet High School had their second chat last week with Sergei Khrushchev, son of the late Nikita Khrushchev, who led the Soviet Union from 1955 to 1964.
The high school students were dressed up for the occasion in suits, ties and dresses as they spoke with Khrushchev in a video call using Skype.
The club approached cinema teacher Matt Stroup to ask if Stroup could connect Khrushchev on a conference earlier this year. Club president Grigori Grigoryan sent an email to Khrushchev’s university email account after learning he was a professor at Brown University, where he has worked since 1991.
One at a time, each club member sat before the computer and asked one question.
They covered the Cold War, the perspective that movies take on history and the future of Russia. There was a pause before Khrushchev answered each question, with his responses often lasting several minutes.