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History Unplugged interview with Vladimir Alexandrov about TO BREAK RUSSIA'S CHAINS
Yale Academy talk by Vladimir Alexandrov about TO BREAK RUSSIA'S CHAINS
KEEN ON Interview with Vladimir Alexandrov about TO BREAK RUSSIA'S Chains
New Books Network with Vladimir Alexandrov about TO BREAK RUSSIA'S CHAINS
The Tattooed Historian interview with Vladimir Alexandrov about TO BREAK RUSSIA'S CHAINS
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Turkish writer Ertuğrul Erdoğan's interview with me May 14, 2021.

Interview about TO BREAK RUSSIA'S CHAINS on History Experience, October 11, 2021.

Talk about TO BREAK RUSSIA'S CHAINS, Henry Koerner Center, Yale University, October 21, 2021.


Talk about TO BREAK RUSSIA'S CHAINS, Whitney Center, Hamden, CT, January 24, 2022.


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Frederick Bruce Thomas in Moscow, c. 1914



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Villanova University

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Minneapolis, Minnesota


Launch and signing in Moscow at the Dostoevsky Library of the Russian translation of the The Black Russian, published by Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie.  In Russian, and another version here.


"Live at 9" TV Program, News Channel 3, WREG Memphis


Interview (in Russian) with Pyotr Aleshkovsky on his Moscow radio program "Факультет ненужных вещей"

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With The Black Russian as a point of departure, a discussion (in Russian) of cultural stereotypes about emigrants.

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Interview on the Kojo Nnamdi radio program, Washington, D. C.


Interview about The Black Russian


Georgetown University


MacMillan Center, Yale University


Interview with Yelena Demikovsky for her documentary "Black Russians, The Red Experience"


Podcast about The Black Russian on Sean Guillory's SRB site, July 10, 2020

Yale Academy talk by Vladimir Alexandrov about TO BREAK RUSSIA'S CHAINS
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Interview with Professor Gerald Horne for Freedom Now! on KPFK 90.7 FM, December 31, 2022, listen on YouTube, at 36:36

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Rebroadcast on January 12, 2024, of 2020 interview on Sean Guillory's SRB site

The Eurasian Knot


Interview in Russian with Radio Liberty (Радио Свобода), June 10, 2024


December 31, 2022--interview with Professor Gerald Horne for Freedom Now! on KPFK 90.7 FM. Recording here at 36:36.

June 3, 2022--presentation on "Frederick Bruce Thomas and Being Black in Constantinople," Symposium on Cultural Encounters:  Istanbul and the Refugees from the Russian Empire (1919-1923), Pera Museum, Istanbul, Sponsored by The Harriman Institute at Columbia University, Pera Museum, Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul, Sakip Sabanci Center for Turkish Studies, Columbia University.

February 23, 2022--discussion with Kwasi Hope Agyeman for "Hidden History."

February 15, 2022--Webinar for the Yale Alumni Academy.

March 10, 2021--Virtual talk, sponsored by the Russian Area Studies Program at Villanova University, Co-sponsored by CLAS, Africana Studies and the History Department. 3:30 pm (EST); register on line.

February 17, 2021--Virtual discussion with Dr. Masha Zavialova, Chief Curator, The Russian Museum of Art, Minneapolis, MN, 11 am-12:30 pm (CST); register on line.

December 7, 2020--Virtual talk, part of the first in a series of events on "Istanbul's Russian Moment, 1919-1923," sponsored by the Sakip Sabanci Center for Turkish Studies and the Department of Slavic Languages at Columbia University, 12-2 pm; register on line.

July 10, 2020--Podcast with Sean Guillory on his SRB Podcast series.

April 10, 2019--Talk sponsored by the Modern Languages Program, The Honors Program, The Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, and The Myatt Center for Diversity and Inclusion, College of Arts and Sciences, University of New Haven, Alumnae Lounge, Bartels Hall, Wednesday, 4 pm.

January 27, 2019--Discussion with the Community Book Group at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, Sunday, 11:30 am, 575 Scarsdale Road, Yonkers, NY 10707, in the hall below the Three Hierarchs Chapel.  Open to all, but please read the book in advance if you would like to participate.

October 31, 2017--Talk at Brown University, sponsored by the Slavic Studies Department, Commons Room, Alumnae Hall, Tuesday, 4:00 pm.

December 19, 2016--Talk for the American Center at the United States Embassy in Moscow, Novinsky Bulvar, 21, Monday, 6:30 pm.

December 13, 2016--Launch (презентация) and signing in Moscow of the Russian translation of the The Black Russian (Черный русский: История одной судьбы, published by Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie), and talk (выступление), Dostoevsky Library (Библиотека Достоевского, Chistoprudny Boulevard, Building 23 (Чистопрудный бульвар, дом 23, стр. 1), 7 pm (19.00).

November 29, 2016--Talk and signing to benefit the Prince Alexis Scherbatow Scholarship Fund of The Russian Nobility Association in America, Inc., at The George F. Baker, Jr. House, 75 East 93rd Street at Park Avenue, NYC, Tuesday, 7:00 pm. (For reservations and to pay by credit card please contact Roberta Maged at 973-564-7555, ext. 205.  Tickets are $40/$65 per couple, or $15 for students. Cash or check at the door only.  Ticket prices are tax-deductible.  Wine and refreshments will be served.)

October 20, 2016--Rebroadcast of my interview about The Black Russian with Bernice Bennett, Thursday at 9 pm Eastern, 8 pm Central, 7 pm Mountain, 6 pm Pacific, on BlogTalkRadio.

September 7-8, 2015--Campus events and Public lecture, Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina,  Monday, September 7, 8-9 pm, Chambers Lilly Family Gallery.

August 11, 2015--"The Black Russian," Talk for Yale Club of Singapore, at Divine Wine Extraordinaire, Parkview Square, 600 North Bridge Road, Singapore, Tuesday, 6:30-8.

September 6, 2014--"Writing Historical Biography: A Workshop With Vladimir Alexandrov"--choosing and researching a topic; and writing and publishing a trade book; at The Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut, Saturday, 1-4 pm. Registration required, email Director of Writing Programs

May 12, 2014--Talk and signing at the New Canaan Historical Society, in the Town House, 13 Oenoke Ridge Road, New Canaan, Connecticut, Monday, 3 pm.

April 27, 2014--Talk on "Researching and Writing a Forgotten Black American's Amazing Life" at Writer's Weekend, and signing, at The Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut, Sunday, 11 am.

April 17, 2014--Party, talk, and signing to celebrate the paperback edition of The Black Russian at MOSCOW 57, 168 1/2 Delancey Street, New York City, Thursday, 6-8 pm.

April 10, 2014--Talk at Harvard University, sponsored by the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research and the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, CGIS-South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts, room S354, Thursday, 12:15-2 pm.

March 30, 2014--Talk and signing for the Princeton Alumni Association of Fairfield County, 100 Prospect Street, North Tower, Penthouse, Stamford, CT 06901. Parking is available; the entrance is on North Street (up the ramp). For members; please register online. Refreshments will be served, Sunday 3:30 pm.

February 26, 2014--Reception, talk and signing at The Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut, Wednesday, 5 pm.

February 20, 2014--Talk and reception at American University, sponsored by the Comparative and Regional Studies Program and the Initiative for Russian Culture, Hughes Formal Lounge, University Center, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Thursday, 5-7 pm.

January 5 to February 9, 2014--Reading of The Black Russian in its entirety on the radio service of the Memphis Public Library and Information Center, "African American Lives and Literature," WYPL FM89.3, Sundays, 2-4 pm.

November 26, 2013--Participant in roundtable discussion, signing, and reception, "Resurrecting the Past: Lost Stories of the Archives," with Giles Milton and Catherine Merridale; chaired by Theodora Clarke, co-sponsored by Russian Art + Culture, at Waterstones Bookstore Piccadilly, The Russian Bookshop, 203-206 Piccadilly, London, England, Tuesday 6:30-8:00 pm.

November 7, 2013--Talk and signing at Seton Hall University, Fahy Hall 236, South Orange, New Jersey, Thursday, 6:30 pm.

October 25, 2013--Talk and signing co-sponsored by the Yale Black Alumni Association and Yale Blue Reads at Skylight Books, 1818 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, California, Friday 7:30 pm.

October 24, 2013--Two events: Lunchtime talk at the Huntington Library, Munger Research Center, Seaver Classrooms 1 & 2, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, Los Angeles, California, Thursday, 12-1 pm.  And talk and signing, preceded by a social hour, sponsored by the Princeton Club of Southern California and the Yale Club of Los Angeles, Thursday, 6:30-9:30 pm, location in Playa del Ray:  for address and directions, please register.

October 23, 2013--Talk sponsored by the Slavic Department and History Department, University of California, Los Angeles, Wednesday, 3:30 pm, Public Affairs Building 2278.  

October 22, 2013--Talk and signing at Jewish Community Center East Bay, Oakland Branch, 5811 Racine Street, Oakland, California, co-sponsored by the African American Museum & Library at Oakland, Tuesday 7 pm.

October 21, 2013--Talk sponsored by the Slavic Department and English Department, University of California, Berkeley, 160 Dwinelle Hall, Monday, 4 pm.

October 20, 2013--Talk and signing at the Russian Center of San Francisco, 2450 Sutter Street, San Francisco, California, Sunday, 3 pm.

October 18, 2013--Talk and signing at Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, California, Friday, 6 pm.

October 17, 2013--Talk and signing at the Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco, California, Thursday, 7:00-8:30 pm.

October 10, 2013--Appearance on the "Research at the National Archives and Beyond" show with Bernice Bennett, Blog Talk Radio. Thursday, 9 pm.

September 28, 2013--Talk and signing at R. J. Julia Booksellers, 768 Boston Post Road, Madison, Connecticut, Saturday, 6:00 pm.

September 25, 2013--Appearance on the "Halli Casser-Jayne Show:  Talk Radio for Fine Minds," Blog Talk Radio. Wednesday, 3 pm.

July 28, 2013--Interview on "New Orleans Wake Up" show, Blog Talk Radio with Brother Warren, Sunday, 2 pm.

July 25, 2013--Talk and signing at Bank Square Books, 53 West Main Street, Mystic, Connecticut, 7 pm.

June 12, 2013--Talk and reception in Paris, sponsored by the Yale Club of France and the Princeton Alumni Association of France, American University of Paris, Grand Salon, 31 avenue Bosquet, 75007 Paris, Wednesday, 6-8 pm.

June 5, 2013--Reception, talk, and signing in London, at Pushkin House, 5a Bloomsbury Square, London, WC18A 2TA, Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 pm.

May 14, 2013--Talk and signing at The Princeton Club of New York, 15 West 43rd Street, Tuesday, 6 pm.

May 8, 2013--Talk and signing at The Yale Club of New York City, 50 Vanderbilt Avenue, Wednesday, 6:30 pm.

May 2, 2013--Talk and signing sponsored by the Princeton Alumni Association of Central Connecticut, Wampanoag Country Club, 60 Wampanoag Drive, West Hartford, Connecticut, Thursday, 6:30 pm.

May 1, 2013--Live interview on "Collected Words" radio program, produced by Collected Works Bookstore and Coffeehouse, on KVSF FM 101.5, The Voice of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Wednesday, 10:30-11 am (Mountain Time).

April 30, 2013--Talk sponsored by Slavic Department at Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, 245 East Pyne Building, Tuesday, 4:30 pm.

April 28, 2013--Broadcast of talk about The Black Russian on C-SPAN2 BookTV, Sunday, 10:45 pm ET; rebroadcast May 5, 2:30 am ET; May 27, 8:30 am (taped at The Book Stall, Winnetka, IL).

April 27, 2013--Talk and signing sponsored by the Yale Club of Philadelphia and the Yale Black Alumni Association of Philadelphia, and open to the public, at Free Library of Philadelphia, Walnut Street West Branch (U. Penn.), 201 South 40th Street, Saturday, 11:30. 

April 20, 2013--Appearance on Dr. Wilmer Leon's "Inside the Issues" live radio program on Sirius/XM Channel 128, Saturday, 11am-noon.

April 19, 2013--Talk and signing sponsored by "Russkiy Mir" Center at American Councils for International Education, Large Conference Room (12th floor), 1828 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, Friday, 7 pm.

April 18, 2013--Four events in Washington, D. C.:  Talk at Howard University, Founders Library, Browsing Room, Thursday, 10:30 am (preceded by a talk for students at Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science at 9 am).  Live appearance on the Kojo Nnamdi Show, WAMU Radio 88.5, 1-2 pm (audio and transcript).  And talk at Georgetown University, sponsored by the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Intercultural Center Building (ICC), McGhee Library, Room 301, Thursday, 4:00 pm. (video).

April 13, 2013--Talk at Pritzker College Prep, 4131 W. Cortland Street, Chicago, Saturday, 10:30 am to 12.

April 12, 2013--Talk and signing at The Book Stall (with taping for broadcast by C-SPAN BookTV), 811 Elm Street, Winnetka, Illinois, Friday, 7:00 pm. (video).

April 11, 2013--Talk sponsored by the Slavic Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 494 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, Thursday, 5:00 pm.

April 9, 2013--Master's Tea talk, Branford College, Yale University, Master’s House, 80 High Street, New Haven, CT, Tuesday, 4 pm.

April 4, 2013--Talk and signing at the Brown University Bookstore, 244 Thayer St., Providence, Rhode Island, Thursday, 5:30 pm.

April 3, 2013--Talk and signing sponsored by the Princeton Alumni Association of Eastern Connecticut, 100 Edgehill Road, New Haven, CT 06511, Wednesday, 5:30 pm.

March 23, 2013--Two Events:  Talk at Oxford Conference for the Book, Oxford, Mississippi, Saturday, 1:30 pm; and signing at Off Square Books, Oxford, MS, Saturday, 4:45 pm.

March 22, 2013--Reception, talk, and signing at the Coahoma County Higher Education Center (Cutrer Mansion), 109 Clark Street, Clarksdale, Mississippi, sponsored by the Carnegie Public Library, Coahoma Community College, and the Coahoma County Higher Education Center, Friday, 5:00-7:00 pm. (video)

March 21, 2013--Two events:  Appearance on "Live at 9" TV Program, News Channel 3, WREG Memphis, TN, 9-10 am (video);  and talk and signing at TurnRow Book Company, 304 Howard Street, Greenwood, Mississippi, Thursday, 5:30 pm.

March 20, 2013--Talk and signing at Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS, McCool Hall 111, Wednesday, 4:00-5:30 pm.

March 19, 2013--Two Events:  Talk and signing, Special "History is Lunch" Session, Mississippi Department of History and Archives, William F. Winter Building, 200 North Street, Jackson, Tuesday, 12-1 pm; and talk and signing at Lemuria Books, 202 Banner Hall 4465 I-55 North, Jackson, Tuesday, 5:00 pm.

March 13, 2013--Talk at University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Fretwell Building, Room 100, Wednesday, 2:00 pm.

March 12, 2013--Talk at Clemson University, South Carolina, Self Auditorium, Strom Thurmond Institute, Tuesday, 5:00 pm.

March 11, 2013--Two Events: Appearance on "Charlotte Talks" radio program, Charlotte, North Carolina, WFAE 90.7, Monday, 9 am; and talk and signing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, North Carolina, Monday, 7:00 pm. (audio)

November 15, 2012--"The Black Russian," Endeavors Series, Department of African American Studies, Yale University, Thursday, 11:45 am-1:15 pm, Gordon Parks Room, 201, 81 Wall Street , New Haven, Connecticut

September 27, 2012--"'The Black Russian' and Interdisciplinarity," Working Group on Interdisciplinarity in Slavic Studies, 4:00 pm, Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University, 53 Wall Street, New Haven, Connecticut


(For details, please see "Events" above)


TurnRow Book Company, Greenwood, Mississippi, March 21, 2013


Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Asheville, North Carolina, March 11, 2013


Cutrer Mansion, Clarksdale, Mississippi, March 22, 2013​

"'For two hours, you could hear a pin drop,' said one guest on Friday night's lecture on The Black Russian by its author Vladimir Alexandrov.  'I've never experienced a crowd that large, that quiet,' continued another member of the audience at the Cutrer Mansion." Clarksdale Press Register

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Off Square Books, Oxford, Mississippi, March 23, 2013

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Princeton Alumni Association of Eastern Connecticut, New Haven, April 3, 2013

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Howard University and Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science, Washington, D. C.,

April 18, 2013

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"Russkiy Mir" Center at American Councils for International Education, Washington, D. C., April 19, 2013

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Yale Club of Philadelphia and the Yale Black Alumni Association of Philadelphia, April 27, 2013

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Princeton Club of London and Head of Zeus Publishers, Pushkin House, London, June 5, 2013

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Jewish Community Library, San Francisco, October 17, 2013

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Skylight Books, Los Angeles, October 25, 2013

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Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ, November 7, 2013

(Courtesy of Caroline Ramos-Pinsky)


Waterstone's Bookstore, Piccadilly, London, England, with Theodora Clark (L), Catherine Merridale, and Giles Milton, November 26, 2013


Moscow 57 Restaurant, Delancey Street, New York, April 17, 2014


Princeton Alumni Association of Fairfield County, Connecticut,

March 30, 2014


Yale Club of Singapore, August 11, 2015, at Divine Wine Extraordinaire (now Atlas Bar), an extraordinary Art Deco space, with the resident "wine angel."

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Davidson College, North Carolina, September 7, 2015

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