Masha Gessen: Russia’s Leading LGBT Rights Activist Speaks on the Rise of Radical “Family Values” in Russia. Born in Moscow, she emigrated to the United States in her teens, then returned to Russia a decade later. Writing in both Russian and English, she has covered every major development in Russian politics and culture of the past two decades, receiving numerous awards and fellowships in the process. She blogs weekly for The New York Times and has written for The New York Review of Books, International Herald Tribune, The Guardian, U.S. News & World Report (where she served as Moscow Bureau Chief), Vanity Fair, The New Republic, Granta and Slate; she has also edited several Russian magazines and written for many more. A longtime resident of Moscow, she is in the process of relocating to New York City. This event has been organized by The Program in Sexuality Studies, and is co-sponsored by the UNC LGBT Representation and Rights Initiative, UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies, the UNC Provost’s Committee on LGBTQ Life, and the UNC Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.
Event held in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium of the FedEx Global Education Center.