Public lectures and events

FLASHPOINT: Living with Putin: Surviving in Today's Russia

Thu, 30 Apr 2015 2:00 PM

What impact has Putin had on the lives of everyday Russians? How are are they coping with the sanctions imposed by the West, the loss of many of the freedoms and advantages they had so recently won, the aggressive stance Putin is pursuing in the Ukraine, and the many other challenges in contemporary Russia? Attend FLASHPOINT: Living with Putin: Surviving in Today's Russia, and find out.

A minimum $10 donation will be welcomed and collected at the door.

This event is sponsored by the SFU Seniors Lifelong Learning Society.

Date(s): Thu, Apr 30, 2015, 2–4 p.m.

Location: Room 1800, SFU Vancouver (Harbour Centre)

Admission: A minimum $10 donation will be welcomed and collected at the door.

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Related topic(s): Liberal Arts


  • Marina Sonkina

    Marina Sonkina's initiation into the world of academia happened at the age of 18, as a freshman at the Moscow State University. She was enjoying a seminar on 18th-century Russian cultural history, presented by the famous scholar Uri Lotman.

    As a PhD student of this professor, Sonkina made a discovery: "All aspects of human culture are deeply interconnected," she said, "in spite of a seeming fragmentation of the disciplines of those who study culture." She went on to study philosophy, psychology, film, theatre, folklore and visual arts.

    In 1987, Sonkina emigrated to Canada from the USSR, and became a producer and broadcaster at CBC Radio. Later, she taught at Dawson College in Montreal, followed by UBC and SFU. When she is not teaching or studying, she offers lessons in yoga and dance tango, and writes.

    She writes and publishes both in English and Russian. She has produced several collections of short fiction, including Tractorina’s Stories, Runic Alphabet, Comrade Stalin's Baby Tooth (2012), Lucia's Eyes and Other Stories (2014). Her most recent book Expulsion was chosen as a 'Staff Pick' by BC BookWorld in Spring 2016. Her books are available on and at local bookstores.



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