The Humanities Center along with the Department of Media, Journalism and Film and the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies are hosting a Coffee Hour for students with journalist and author, Masha Gessen.
Gessen is the author of nine books, including “The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia,” which won the National Book Award in 2017; and “The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin.” Gessen has written about Russia, autocracy, L.G.B.T. rights, Vladimir Putin, and Donald Trump, among others, for The New York Review of Books and the New York Times. On a parallel track, Gessen has been a science journalist, writing about aids, medical genetics, and mathematics; famously, Gessen was dismissed as editor of the Russian popular-science magazine Vokrug Sveta for refusing to send a reporter to observe Putin hang-gliding with the Siberian cranes. Gessen is a visiting professor at Amherst College and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, a Nieman Fellowship, and the Overseas Press Club Award for Best Commentary. After more than twenty years as a journalist and editor in Moscow, Gessen has been living in New York since 2013.
The coffee hour will be moderated by Patricia Gallagher Newberry.
Newberry is area director and associate lecturer in the Journalism Program in Miami’s Department of Media, Journalism & Film. A former newspaper journalist, who covered mostly corporate America at 10 papers over 15 years, Newberry teaches a range of beginning and upper-level courses; coordinates MJF special events; and oversees student media. Newberry is also national president-elect of the Society of Professional Journalists, takes occasional freelance assignments, and is active in her family’s community.
Coffee and other refreshments will be served!