Great Russian Jews Who Shaped the World

A Series of Discussion Panels, 2018-2019

The 4-panel series examines the contributions, achievements and legacies of four great individuals—Israel’s fourth prime minister Golda Meir; author and Shoah witness Vasily Grossman; violin virtuoso David Oistrakh; and World Chess Champion Mikhail Botvinnik. The lives of these talented, charismatic and influential figures began in the former Russian Empire in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and spanned much of 20th century.

All events are free and open to the public.

  • Golda Meir (1898-1978) – October 10, 2018
  • Vasily Grossman (1905-1964) – November 28, 2018
  • David Oistrakh (1908-1974) – March 13, 2019
  • Mikhail Botvinnik (1911-1995) – April 10, 2019

This series, an activity of the Project on Russian and Eurasian Jewry, has been made possible with the generous support of Genesis Philanthropy Group. Cosponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Center for Jewish Studies, Harvard University.

Upcoming Events

David Oistrakh

Oleh Krysa (Ukrainian-American Violinist; University of Rochester) and Harlow Robinson (Northeastern University)
Moderator: ...

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 4:30pm to 5:45pm
Mikhail Botvinnik

Emil Sutovsky (Chess Grandmaster; President, Association of Chess Professionals) and John Donaldson (International Chess Master;...

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 4:30pm to 5:45pm
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