Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Peter Gourevitch ─ Survival or Death: What Made You Know Hitler or Stalin Would Kill You?

Thursday, November 5, 2015

3 p.m.

Joukowsky Forum

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Some members of Peter Gourevitch's family, of Russian, Jewish, Socialist origins escaped the terror of the Nazis and the Soviet Bolsheviks to reach the US in 1940. Other members did not, and were killed. What signals influenced some to leave in time, and others to stay? Drawing on family stories, on documents, and on comparative history and social theory, Gourevitch probes some larger implications of a family history.

Peter Gourevitch is a Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs at the Watson Institute. He received his PhD in political science at Harvard University in 1969, having graduated from Oberlin College in 1963. He is Distinguished Emeritus Professor at the University of California, San Diego, where he was the founding dean of its School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (in 1986) as well as former chair of the Department of Political Science. A former co-editor of International Organization, Gourevitch's best-known works include Politics in Hard Times: Comparative Responses to Economic Crisis, Political Power and Corporate Control: the New Global Politics of Corporate Governance, and the Credibility of Transnational NGOs: When Virtue Is Not Enough.