Elena Bonner, Russian Crusader for Human Rights, to Speak at 6th Braun Lecture

Elena Bonner of the former Soviet Union, one of the world‘s foremost advocates for universal human rights, will be visiting the U.S. from April 4-6, 1995. Bonner is the spouse and partner of the late Nobel Laureate Andrei Sakharov. She will be speaking in Chicago about the current political climate in Russia and the former Soviet Union—corruption, military, development of democratic institutions.

Bonner will be visiting Chicago as a guest of The John Marshall Law School for the 6th Belle R. & Joseph H. Braun Memorial Distinguished Lecture where she will give her keynote address on “Nationalism, Ethnic Strife and Human Rights.”

Physician, author and human rights advocate, Bonner married the eminent physicist and Nobel Laureate Andrei Sakharov. Their partnership was dedicated to freedom and democracy in the former Soviet Union.

In 1980 when the government sentenced Sakharov into exile in Gorky, Bonner served as his inspiration, supporter and representative to the West. In 1984 she, too, was sentenced to exile. While in Gorky, she wrote Alone Together about their years in exile. She is also the author of Mothers and Daughters, which depicts childhood in Stalin‘s Russia.

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