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Rasputin: The Man Who Would Not Die
Ralph Nurnberger

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The Russian mystic Rasputin was a larger-than-life phenomenon at the court of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. But what is the truth behind the life and death of this charismatic and controversial figure? Do we now know his real killer—or will we ever? The presentation will focus first on the fascinating tale of how a semi-literate peasant from Siberia was able to become one of the most powerful figures in Russia. The lecture will detail his relationships with Nicholas and Alexandra, and his influence on political events in that turbulent era. His 1916 murder has taken on mythic proportions. This unlikely confidante of the Romanovs was called "virtually unkillable" by his self-proclaimed assassins. The leader of the plot to kill Rasputin, Felix Yusupov, kept changing his story as late as 1967. Recent research has revealed that many of the "facts" people accepted as "true" might have been a fabrication to cover up what really happened. Even the guides at the Yusupov Palace (where Rasputin was murdered) provide different versions. Recent research had revealed a completely different version of these events. This talk will explore the labyrinthine stories and motley characters that swirled around the murder of one of Russia's most fascinating figures. Even more remarkable, the story ends in Palm Beach, Florida.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Ralph Nurnberger taught History and International Relations at Georgetown University beginning in 1975.  He received the Excellence in Teaching award from the Graduate School of Liberal Studies in 2003.  His most recent course at Georgetown was a graduate seminar on the Arab-Israel conflict.  Dr. Nurnberger has served on the professional staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Legislative Liaison for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and Director of Congressional Relations for the Bureau of Export Administration at the US Department of Commerce. He was the first Director of "Builders of Peace" which was established to assist the Middle East Peace Process through economic development.  He has also advised numerous congressional, senatorial and presidential campaigns on foreign policy issues, especially those related to the Middle East.  Dr. Nurnberger received his BA from Queens College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was captain of the varsity tennis team.  He holds an MA from Columbia University and a PhD from Georgetown University.

Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member - $30 per event
$75 for any combination of three events, members only
$120 for any combination of eight events, members only

Non-member - $35
Cash will no longer be accepted as payment for lectures.

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