Lecture Series

As part of its commitment to fostering public policy debate, the Donner Canadian Foundation hosts a semiannual, public lecture series featuring some of the world's most prominent intellectuals.

Most Recent Lecture: The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia

by Masha Gessen

Thursday, April 5, 2018 / Toronto

Masha Gessen

Masha Gessen is a celebrated Russian-American journalist and author who has written extensively about Russia, autocracy, LGBT rights, Vladimir Putin, and Donald Trump. While living in Moscow, Gessen experienced the rise of Vladimir Putin firsthand. Her most recent book and winner of the 2017 National Book Award for non-fiction, The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia, documents the legacy of Soviet rule in Russia and its rapid transition into a virulent and invincible strain of autocracy.

Gessen is a staff writer at The New Yorker and regularly contributes to The New York Times, The Washington Post, Harper’s, The New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair, and Slate, among other publications. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship, Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, and Nieman Fellowship. Currently, she serves as a Trustee of PEN America and is a visiting professor at Amherst College.

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Past Speakers

Our series has featured such influential thinkers as Steven Pinker, Niall Ferguson, Anne Applebaum, Hernado de Soto, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Click here for a full list. 



We distribute lecture invitations approximately one month in advance.

To be added to our invitation list, send your e-mail and mailing address to: admin@donner.ca