Yale Club of Singapore: Evening talk with Yale Professor Vladimir Alexandrov on his book “The Black Russian”

Please join us for an evening of intellectual discussion and fine wine on the 11th of August featuring remarks by our guest, Yale faculty member Vladimir Alexandrov, the B.E. Bensinger Professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.

Professor Alexandrov will speak about his book, The Black Russian, the biography of Frederick Bruce Thomas (1872-1928), the son of former slaves in Mississippi who became a multimillionaire entrepreneur in tsarist Moscow, lost everything during the Bolshevik Revolution, and reestablished himself in Constantinople as the “Sultan of Jazz.” More information is available at www.valexandrov.com .

Event details

Date: Tuesday, 11th August, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM (remarks to begin at 7PM followed by Q+A)
Location: DIVINE Wine Extraordinaire, Parkview Square, 600 North Bridge Road
Cost: free to attend, drinks/snacks are available to order from the bar
RSVP: RSVP form
Contact person: Bill Hatch (bill@yalesg.org), +65 9829 1793
Guests are welcome to attend.

About Professor Vladimir Alexandrov
Vladimir Alexandrov Photo
B.E. Bensinger Professor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Vladimir Alexandrov specialises in Russian prose and Russian-American relations in the 19th and 20th centuries. He is currently working on a biography of Boris Savinkov (1879-1925), a revolutionary, writer, and political activist who waged wars against the tsar, Lenin, and the Bolsheviks, all of whom he saw as equally tyrannical. Winston Churchill, who knew and admired Savinkov, included an essay about him in his book Great Contemporaries, in which he claimed that “when all is said and done . . . few men tried more, gave more, dared more and suffered more for the Russian people.”

Alexandrov’s previous book, The Black Russian, presented the biography of Frederick Bruce Thomas (1872-1928), the son of former slaves in Mississippi who became a multimillionaire entrepreneur in tsarist Moscow, lost everything during the Bolshevik Revolution, and reestablished himself in Constantinople as the “Sultan of Jazz.” His other books include Limits of Interpretation: The Meaning of Anna Karenina, The Garland Companion to Vladimir Nabokov, Nabokov’s Otherworld, and Andrei Bely: The Major Symbolist Fiction.

Alexandrov grew up in a Russian émigré family, and after getting Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Geology, went on to receive a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University. He has taught in the Slavic Department at Harvard University, and has been teaching courses in Russian literature and culture at Yale since 1986.