What About the Gays? | The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies

What About the Gays?


Mon, 02/02/2015 - 16:00

What is the nature of the Russian anti-gay campaign, and why has it been such an easy sell not only to the Russian public but too many audiences near and far?


Masha Gessen is an awardwinning journalist, author, and activist who was born in Russia and emigrated to the United States. Noted for her opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin, she has also written extensively on LGBT rights. A contributor to numerous newspapers and magazines, Gessen has written several books, most recently Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot (2014). 
Gessen is currently working on a new biography on brothers and Boston Marathon bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Like the Tsarnaevs, Gessen moved to the Boston area when she was a Russian-speaking teen; she returned to Russia in her 20s to live and work there. A former Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard University. Gessen has written for the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, The Guardian, U.S. News & World Report, Vanity Fair, New Republic, Granta, and Slate.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

When: Monday, February 2, 4:00 pm

Location: UA Hillel Center, 1245 E. 2nd St., in Mountain A and B room

Suggested Parking: Second Street Garage, on the Southeast corner of Mountain and 2nd.


This event is brought to you by:

The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies, The Univeristy of Arizona Hillel FoundationThe University of Arizona Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Southwest Institute for Research On Women, and the Tucson Marriott University Park