[PAST EVENT] The New Social Journalism in Russia & Ukraine: A lecture by Elena Kostyuchenko

March 21, 2024
Washington Hall, Room 201
241 Jamestown Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
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Elena Kostyuchenko, author of “I Love Russia: Reporting From a Lost Country.” (Julia Tatarchenko)
Elena Kostyuchenko, author of “I Love Russia: Reporting From a Lost Country.” (Julia Tatarchenko)

Elena Kostyuchenko, author of I Love Russia: Reporting From a Lost Country, will speak at William & Mary on March 21st at 5pm in Washington 201.  Her talk is entitled "The New Social Journalism in Russia & Ukraine" and is part of the Tepper Lecture Series: Human Rights and Social Justice. It is free and open to the public.

Elena Kostyuchenko is a Russian journalist and gay rights activist and an investigative reporter for the newspaper Novaya Gazeta. Kostyuchenko was the first journalist to write about the punk protest band Pussy Riot and about the Zhanaozen massacre in 2011. 

"I Love Russia is Elena Kostyuchenko's fearless attempt to document Russia as experienced by those whom it systematically and brutally erases: village girls recruited into sex work, queer people in the outer provinces, patients and doc­tors at a Ukrainian maternity ward, and reporters like herself. It takes us to places that non-Russians have never seen and brings us voices we have never heard. At once uncompromising and deeply humane, it stitches reportage and personal essays into a kaleidoscopic, often other-worldly journey. Here is Russia as it is, not as we imagine it. I Love Russia may be the last work from her homeland Kostyuchenko will publish for a long time - perhaps ever. She writes driven by the conviction that the greatest form of love and patriotism is criticism. And because the threat of Putin's Russia extends beyond herself, beyond Crimea, and beyond Ukraine. This is a singular portrait of a nation, and of a woman who refuses to be silenced. [Penguin Books]

The lecture is sponsored by the Gregory Tepper Lecture Fund; Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Program; Reves Center for International Studies; Global Research Institute; Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies; and Film & Media Studies.

Sponsored by: Reves Center for International Studies


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