Olena Bagno, "The 'Russian' Vote in Israel: Soviet Culture or Israeli Experience?"

Ray D. Wolfe Lecture 

In 2010, former US President Bill Clinton said that Russian immigrants in Israel are one of the main obstacles to reaching a peace agreement with the Palestinians. Should we, indeed, assume that Russian-speaking individuals are equally right-leaning, politically inactive and distrustful, as presumed by the concept of Homo-Sovieticus and recent studies of the Russian electorate? I argue for a more nuanced understanding of immigrants’ political culture as a product of personal history and the experience of integration in their new countries of residence.

Olena Bagno is the Ray D. Wolfe Postdoctoral Fellow at the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies. For more information, please click here.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration required. Please be advised that seating is limited. 

Date & Time
Monday, February 9, 2015 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Jackman Humanities Building, Room 100, 170 St. George Street