Masha Gessen Residency: April 10-24, 2018

It is with great pleasure and excitement that the Interdisciplinary Studies Institute announces that Masha Gessen will be the Institute's Resident this spring. Gessen's work as an author, journalist, and critic makes her a particularly apt choice as this year's Resident, given that the theme of this year's ISI seminar is Dissent.

Masha Gessen is perhaps best known for her advocacy for LGBTQ rights in Russia, but her work forcely addresses a very broad range of central political and social issues in present-day Russia and more recently in the United States. Gessen won the National Book Award for nonfiction in 2017 for her book The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia. She is currently a staff writer at the New Yorker.

We invite you to attend Gessen's public lecture on Tuesday, April 17, in the Integrative Learning Center, N151. A reception will be held at 6 PM, and the lecture will begin at 6:30 PM. Signed copies of her award-winning book will be available for purchase.

Over the course of her time with us, Masha Gessen will also meet with students during classroom visits on April 10 and 11, and will meet with faculty and graduate students in the ISI Faculty and Graduate Student seminars on April 24.