Russian and U.S. journalist and activist to deliver Finzi-Contini Lecture

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Masha Gessen
Masha Gessen (Photo credit: Tanya Sazansky)

On Wednesday, Dec. 5, Russian and U.S. journalist and activist Masha Gessen will give a Finzi-Contini Lecture under the auspices of the Whitney Humanities Center (WHC).

The lecture, titled “Imagining a Book about Imagining Democracy,” will take place at 5 p.m. Gessen’s talk will be followed by a conversation with Yale faculty at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6. Both events will take place in the WHC auditorium, 53 Wall St., and are free and open to the public.

Gessen is the author of the National Book Award-winning “The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia” as well as “The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin”; “The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy”; and several other works. A staff writer at the New Yorker and the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Carnegie Fellowship, Gessen teaches at Amherst College.

The Finzi-Contini Lectureship honors Bianca M. Finzi-Contini Calabresi, a scholar of European literature and a native of Ferrara who left fascist Italy to establish herself in the United States. The lectureship was founded by her sons, the Honorable Guido Calabresi, judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Dr. Paul Calabresi. The list of past lecturers includes Umberto Eco, A.S. Byatt, Orhan Pamuk, W.S. Merwin, Azar Nafisi, Alberto Manguel, and Maxine Hong Kingston. The lectures are devoted to any aspect of European or comparative literature and culture.

For more information, contact the Whitney Humanities Center at 203-432-0670 or [email protected].