Nov 12 2018

LWV Holiday Luncheon on Russian Relationship – December 7

      League of Women Voters of Piedmont

                        Holiday Luncheon

 The Rollercoaster of the US-Russian Relationship

 Guest Speaker  Anastasia Edel

Anastasia Edel

               Friday, December 7, 2018

                       11:00 am – 2:00 pm

               Piedmont Community Center

            711 Highland Ave, Piedmont CA

The League of Women Voters annual Holiday Luncheon will feature Russia Expert, Anastasia Edel on the Rollercoaster of the US-Russian Relationship. Ms. Edel is a Russian-born American writer and social historian who teaches in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UC Berkeley.

In her early life in the Soviet Union and later Russia, Ms. Edel witnessed the ascension of Mikhail Gorbachev, the introduction of perestroika, the fall of the USSR, and the ascension of Boris Yeltsin.  In 1995, she moved to England, and in 2003, to the Bay Area.  She has a unique cultural perspective on Russia and has explored the myths, beliefs, and historical developments that feed Putin’s anti-democratic ideology.

Ms. Edel is the author of Russia: Putin’s Playground, a concise guide to Russian history, politics and culture.  Her writing has appeared in The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, Project Syndicate, Quartz and World Literature Today. She’s a staff art critic for the Piedmont Post and is currently at work on a new book, The Gone Empire.

The speaker and lunch is $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Members of League of Women Voters receive a $5.00 discount.  To reserve your spot, visit, select the Russia Expert link and click the RSVP box. Payment via credit card, debit card or PayPal is accepted. Payment via check should be payable to LWVP and sent to Ward Lindenmayer, 40 Highland Avenue, Piedmont, CA  94611.

There is no fee for the speaker portion of the program.  Lunch following the speaker at 12:00pm.   Please reserve your spot December 1, 2018.

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