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Arts Lecture 2022

When:Tu 06-09-2022 16:00 - 17:00
Where:Academy Building, Broerstraat 5
Photo by Stefan Heijdendael
Photo by Stefan Heijdendael

On Tuesday 6 September, none other than Iris de Graaf will give this year’s Arts Lecture and officially open the academic year 2022-2023. The title of her lecture is 'Unfreedom' - How to stay connected in repressive times and amplify voices in society

Iris de Graaf (1991) is an alum of our faculty and works as a correspondent in Russia for the NOS and Nieuwsuur. She is editor-in-chief of the NOS bureau in Moscow and reports from all over Russia and the surrounding region. De Graaf makes reports for television, radio and online platforms. In addition to (live) reporting, she writes background articles.

“As a little girl, my Russian grandmother was the reason I became fascinated by Russia. While studying Slavonic and Russian Studies, where I learned to speak, read and write the language, I immersed myself in the history and culture of the country. By living in Russia, that fascination has gradually turned into amazement and an urge to understand the country. I went back to the Netherlands for a Master's degree in Journalism, and I knew what I wanted to be: a Russia correspondent.”

On 4 March 2022, Iris de Graaf tweeted that she would temporarily continue her work from the Netherlands. De Graaf's move followed the decision of the Russian parliament, after the Russian army's invasion of Ukraine, to increase drastically the penalties for spreading so-called 'false information'. She is now back in Moscow.

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