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Russian foreign policy

Professor Alexandra Vacroux of Harvard University will be the guest speaker in a free program on Russia’s foreign policy from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6.

Under President Vladimir Putin, Russia is projecting an autocratic model of governance abroad and working to undermine the influence of liberal democracies along Russia’s historical borderlands. Russia caused an international uproar in 2016, when it interfered in the U.S. presidential contest. But Putin’s foreign policy includes other instruments, from alliances with autocrats to proxy wars with the U.S. in Georgia, Ukraine and Syria. Vacroux will explain how Putin conceives of national interests, and why Russian citizens support him and how the U.S. should respond to Putin’s foreign policy ambitions.

Call 617-536-5400 or visit www.bpl.org for more details.

New Hampshire genealogy

The New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury St., will present a program on the genealogical resources at the New Hampshire Historical Society at noon on Friday, Sept. 7.

The New Hampshire Historical Society holds a wealth of unique resources related to New Hampshire and New England to support research into family history, from printed and unpublished family histories and church records to rare, one-of-a-kind manuscripts.

Experienced genealogists as well as those just starting out will learn about how to use different types of printed sources and where to look for information.

Admission is free. Visit www.americanancestors.org or call 888-296-3447 for more details.

Regional art exhibition

The Guild of Boston Artists, 162 Newbury St., will host the annual Regional Juried Exhibition from Sept. 8 to 29 in the President’s Gallery.

Over thirty landscapes, portraits and still life paintings will be on display.

A reception and awards ceremony will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8. Registration is required for this event. Award winners will discuss their works at 2 p.m. with the public on Saturday, Sept. 22.

Admission is free.

Visit www.guildofbostonartists.org or call 617-536-7660 for more details.