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Cold War Spies ~ FRI, Aug 28, 7PM

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Cold War Spies: Two of the most consequential double agents (moles) of the Cold War, the two Olegs: Oleg Penkovsky and Oleg Gordievsky. Presented by Bruce Thompson, Ph.D., via live video stream with interactive Q&A. Friday, August 28, 2020, 7:00PM. ONLY ONE TICKET PER HOUSEHOLD IS NECESSARY.

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Cold War Spies: Everyone knows about Stalin's moles in the West: the Cambridge Five in Britain, the Rosenberg spy ring in the United States.  Less well known are two of the most consequential double agents (moles) of the Cold War, the two Olegs: Oleg Penkovsky and Oleg Gordievsky.  Penkovsky gave the West crucial information that allowed President Kennedy to avoid escalation in the Cuban Missile Crisis; Gordievsky gave the West crucial information that enabled Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan to make informed decisions during the last phase of the Cold War.  Penkovsky was caught, given a show trial, and executed not long after the Cuban Missile Crisis; Gordievsky made one of the most miraculous escapes in the history of espionage.  Our mini-course on the history of espionage and intelligence will have a happy ending! Presented by Bruce Thompson, Ph.D., via live video stream with interactive Q&A. Friday, August 28, 2020, 7:00PM. ONLY ONE TICKET PER HOUSEHOLD IS NECESSARY.

Bruce Thompson is a lecturer in the Departments of History and Literature and the Associate Director of Jewish Studies at U.C.-Santa Cruz. He received his Ph.D. in History from Stanford; his areas of scholarly research include European intellectual and cultural history, French history, British Isles history, American Jewish intellectual and cultural history, the history of cinema, and the history of espionage.