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Brown Bag Lunch with Masha Gessen: "Russia: The New Anti-Gay Capital of the World"
Start Date: 4/24/2014Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Date: 4/24/2014End Time: 1:30 PM
Event Description:
Join us for a brown bag luncheon with Russian-American author, journalist and LGBT activist, Masha Gessen.

Russia The New Anti-Gay Capital of the World
Public Lecture with Masha Gessen
April 24, 12:00PM - 1:30PM
University Memorial Center, Aspen Room
Attendees are welcome to bring own lunch

As one of Russia's most outspoken LGBT activists, Masha Gessen will discuss how Russia launched its anti-gay campaign and how it is being used to mobilize Putin's constituency around the notion of "traditional values" as well as provide Russia with a national identity it has lacked for 25 years.

Masha Gessen is a bilingual Russian-American journalist.  Born in the Soviet Union, she immigrated with her parents to the United States as a teenager at a time when many other Soviet Jewish families were leaving the USSR.  She returned to live and work in Russia in the 1990s, where she reported on Russia’s political and cultural situation from the early 1990s to the present. Following a slew of homophobic legislation adopted by Russia’s government in 2013, she re-immigrated to the US with her family later that year. Gessen is the author of The Man Without A Face (2012), an acclaimed and controversial biography of Vladimir Putin as well as Dead Again: The Russian Intelligentsia after Communism (1997), Ester and Ruzya: How My Grandmothers Survived Hitler’s War and Stalin’s Peace (2004), Blood Matters: From Inherited Illness to Designer Babies, How the World and I Found Overselves in the Future of the Gene (2008), and Perfect Rigor: A Genius and the Mathematical Breakthrough of the Century (2009). She has written for The New Republic, Granta, Slate, Vanity Fair, US News and World Report and The New York Review of Books and The New York Times. She recently edited, together with Josh Huff-Hannon, Gay Propaganda: Russian Love Stories (2014), a collection of narratives by Russian gay and lesbian community in response to Russia’s anti-gay legislation. She is currently at work on a book about the Tsarvnaev brothers – the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing in April 2013. 

Masha Gessen's visit is part of the annual Russian Culture Week, presented by the Russian Studies Program. This year's series runs from April 21-25. Gessen's visit is made possible with support from the GLBTQ Resource CenterLGBT Studies Programthe Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, the Department of English, the Program in Jewish Studies, the Department of History, the Program in Journalism and Mass Communication, the International Affairs Program, the Department of Political Science, the Women's Resource Center, Women and Gender Studies, the Dennis Small Cultural Center, the International Student and Scholar ServicesKeshet Colorado and the Boulder Bookstore. For more information, please visit

Location Information:
Main Campus - University Memorial Center (UMC)  (View Map)
Boulder, CO
Room: Aspen Rooms
Contact Information:
Name: Jamie Polliard
Phone: 303-492-7143
Masha Gessen
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