"The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia" with Masha Gessen

WED, OCT 4, 2017 (51:15)

In Masha Gessen's latest book, The Future Is History, follow the lives of four people born at what promised to be the dawn of democracy. In this talk filmed at the Brattle Theater in Cambridge, Alexandra Vacroux, Executive Director at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, talks with Gessen about Russia's history, identity narrative, and the current political climate.

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+ BIO: Masha Gessen

Masha Gessen is a Russian and American journalist, author, and activist who writes in both Russian and English and has built a career in journalism in Russia and the United States. Gessen identifies as a lesbian and has written extensively on LGBT rights and help founded the Pink Triangle Campaign in Moscow. She has been described as "Russia's leading LGBT rights activist." Gessen voluntarily left Russia in 2013 when tightening anti-gay and lesbian policies threatened her family.

+ BIO: Alexandra Vacroux

Alexandra Vacroux is responsible for overall management and administration of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. She works closely with Rawi Abdelal on strategic planning; development; and network building in the U.S. and abroad. In addition, she is the Director of Graduate Studies for the REECA master’s degree program, project manager for the Islam in Eurasia grant, and an active member and coordinator of the Working Group of the Future of U.S.-Russia Relations.

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