A conversation with Russian-American journalist and author Masha Gessen is the first Hofstra Cultural Center signature event on Wednesday, September 27, at 3 p.m. at The Helene Fortunoff Theater. Gessen, an expert on Vladimir Putin and the author of the forthcoming book The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia, will discuss US and Russian affairs. Advance copies of The Future Is History will be available for purchase and signing at the event.
Gessen is a regular contributor to The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, Harper’s, The New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair, and Slate, among other publications. She is the author of many books, including Perfect Rigor, Blood Matters, Ester and Ruzya, Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot, The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy, and most recently, Where the Jews Aren’t: The Sad and Absurd Story of Birobidzhan, Russia’s Jewish Autonomous Region.
As a journalist living in Moscow, Gessen experienced the rise of Vladimir Putin firsthand. In her 2012 bestselling book The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin, she gave the chilling account of how a low-level, small-minded KGB operative ascended to the Russian presidency and, in an astonishingly short time, destroyed years of progress and made his country once more a threat to her own people and to the world.
Gessen’s talk at Hofstra is free and open to the public. The Fortunoff Theater is located at Monroe Lecture Center, off of California Avenue on Hofstra’s South Campus. For more information contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669.