TITLE: Russim: On Russian Immigration and Culture in Israel
SPEAKER: David Stromberg
EVENT DATE: 10/14/2009
RUNNING TIME: 51 minutes
Since the former Soviet Union opened its doors to mass emigration 20 years ago, more than one million Russians have moved to Israel. The impact on Israel of Russian immigration and culture is the subject of this lecture delivered by author and artist David Stromberg. This event is sponsored jointly by the European Division and the Hebrew Language Table in cooperation with the Embassy of Israel.
Speaker Biography: Born in Israel to ex-Soviet parents, Stromberg was raised in Los Angeles. He holds a bachelor's of science degree in math from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a master's in fine arts from the California Institute for the Arts. He currently lives in Jerusalem, where he writes on art and culture for publications such as The Believer, Nextbook, Forward, the St. Petersburg Times, the Jerusalem Post and Haaretz. Stromberg is the author of "Saddies," "Confusies" and "Desperaddies," a trilogy of graphic collections inspired by the work of James Thurber. Stromberg's captioned cartoons capture a world forever out of sync with the normal, the rational and the so-called "well-adjusted." His latest graphic work, "Baddies," was published in October.