Anne Applebaum, Pulitzer Prize winner and Washington Post columnist, will speak at 7 p.m. on March 28 in the Student Union Jordan Ballroom. As keynote event of Boise State's Women's History Month celebration, Applebaum will sign copies of her 2004 Pulitzer Prize (for non-fiction) book, Gulag: A History, following the free lecture.
Applebaum's speech Tyranny and Memory: Lessons from the Gulag, focuses on how people in the Soviet Union were labeled, tortured and held without charge in Siberia with little to nil protest from their society. She will also draw comparisons with the U.S. and other parts of the world today.
A member of the editorial board of the Washington Post, Appelbaum began working as a journalist in 1988 when she moved to Poland to become the Warsaw correspondent for the Economist. Following her return to London in 1992, Appelbaum became the foreign editor and later deputy editor of Spectator magazine. She wrote a weekly column on British politics and foreign affairs which appeared in The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph and The Evening Standard newspapers.
Her first book, Between East and West: Across the Borderlands of Europe, describes a journey through Lithuania, Ukraine and Belarus on the verge of their independence. Gulag: A History is her most recent work, published in April 2003. It narrates the history of the Soviet concentration camp system and describes daily life in the camps. The book includes recently opened Russian archives as well as memoirs and interviews. In addition to the Pulitzer prize, Gulag: A History won Britain's Duff-Cooper prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Samuel Johnson Prize. It will be translated into more a dozen languages, including all major East and West European dialects.
Appelbaum was born in Washington, D.C., in 1964 and graduated from Yale University to become a Marshall Scholar at the London School of Economics and St. Antony's College, Oxford. In 1992 she won the Charles Douglas-Home Memorial Trust award for journalism in the ex-Soviet Union. Between East and West won an Adolph Bentinck prize for European non-fiction in 1996.