Author Katherine Verdery, “My Life as a Spy:
Investigations in a Secret Police File”

Katherine Verdery
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Slover Library, 6th Floor
5:15 PM Reception and Book Signing, 6:00 PM Program  
Ever wanted to know what it was like to be an American living behind the “Iron Curtain”? Katherine Verdery lived in Romania for a total of 3 years during the Communist period, then several weeks every year through the present. Her insights and experiences are the stuff of movies.
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  1. Katherine Verdery
    Katherine Verdery
    Bio Katherine Verdery obtained her Ph.D. at Stanford University, and is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Prior to moving to New York, Katherine spent 20 years as Professor at John Hopkins University, and 8 years at the University of Michigan. She has received many awards for her research. She has conducted field research in Romania since 1973, and will speak to us about the Secret Police file kept on her in Romania from 1973 to 1989, from which she has written her field memoirs, My Life as a Spy (2018).


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