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SUNY Purchase Features Russian Journalist On Nov. 5

Masha Gessen, a journalist noted for her opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin and writing about LGBT rights, will be speaking at SUNY Purchase on Wednesday, Nov. 5.
Masha Gessen, a journalist noted for her opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin and writing about LGBT rights, will be speaking at SUNY Purchase on Wednesday, Nov. 5. Photo Credit: Contributed.

PURCHASE, N.Y. – A journalist noted for her opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin and writing about LGBT rights will be speaking at SUNY Purchase on Wednesday, Nov. 5.

Masha Gessen, who was born in Russia and ultimately became a U.S. resident, will give a lecture and reading followed by a book signing, according to a press release. The event, to be held from 4:30-6 p.m., is free and open to the public.

Gessen has garnered numerous awards for her newspaper and magazine articles and has authored several books, including "Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot."

This event “allows us to expose Purchase students to great writing and directly to the writers who create that work,” Ross Daly, associate professor of journalism and chair of the School of Humanities at Purchase College, said in a press release.

“Masha Gessen has stood up for Russia’s persecuted LGBT community and the imprisoned members of Pussy Riot — and in doing so she has stood up to Vladimir Putin. Gessen fits into a long and proud tradition of Russian writers who criticize authoritarian regimes through a simple technique: They refuse to accept lies.”

For more information, call 914-251-6550.

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