CEERES of Voices: Misha Friedman - "Never Remember" - Eleonory Gilburd

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Misha Friedman
"A book that belongs on the shelf alongside The Gulag Archipelago." —Kirkus Reviews
"A powerful meditation on contemporary Russia as seen through its relationship to the past.” —Publishers Weekly ★ starred review
Misha Friedman discusses his book Never Remember: Searching for Stalin's Gulags in Putin's Russia with Eleonory Gilburd. 
Presented in Partnership with CEERES, the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies at the University of Chicago.
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About the book: The Gulag was a monstrous network of labor camps that held and killed millions of prisoners from the 1930s to the 1950s. More than half a century after the end of Stalinist terror, the geography of the Gulag has been barely sketched and the number of its victims remains unknown. Has the Gulag been forgotten?
Writer Masha Gessen and photographer Misha Friedman set out across Russia in search of the memory of the Gulag. They journey from Moscow to Sandarmokh, a forested site of mass executions during Stalin’s Great Terror; to the only Gulag camp turned into a museum, outside of the city of Perm in the Urals; and to Kolyma, where prisoners worked in deadly mines in the remote reaches of the Far East. They find that in Vladimir Putin’s Russia, where Stalin is remembered as a great leader, Soviet terror has not been forgotten—it was never remembered in the first place.
About the author: Misha Friedman is a photographer whose work is regularly featured in leading publications, including The New Yorker, Time, Der Spiegel, Le Monde and The New York Times. He is the author of Lyudmila and Natasha: Russian Lives and Photo 51. Friedman's photography awards include grants from the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, and his photographs have been exhibited in museums and galleries across the world. A native of Moldova, Friedman lives with his family in New York City.
About the interlocutor: Eleonory Gilburd is an assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of Chicago.

About the series: CEERES, pronounced /ˈsirēz/, is the acronym for the University of Chicago Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies. Together with the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, we are delighted to announce the launch of the CEERES of Voices Event Series, an author-centered series of readings and conversations on books from or about Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, Central Eurasia, and the Caucasus. The books being discussed are identified in a various ways: through publishers’ contacts with the bookstore or through faculty requests to CEERES to host the author.

Event Location: 
The Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, IL 60637