Image - Volodymyr Zelensky and Simon Shuster
Image - Volodymyr Zelensky and Simon Shuster

Simon Shuster: Volodymyr Zelensky and the Invasion that Shook the World

A comedic actor becomes president of a country on the brink of war. When a brutal invasion by Russia surprises the world, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky creates even more surprise—by quickly showing himself to be an inspiring wartime leader of his country as it fights off the much larger forces of Russia.

Time correspondent Simon Shuster was given unprecedented access to President Zelensky and his team, and comes to San Francisco to report about the president's evolution from a slapstick actor to a symbol of resilience, revealing how he managed to rally the world's democracies behind his cause. From President Zelensky's days in a nuclear bunker in the opening weeks of the invasion to his military's crucial victories, Shuster offers an in-depth and up-close picture of the invasion as experienced by its number-one target and improbable hero.

Join us in-person to hear about leadership, human fallibility and triumph, and the attempt to change the course of history.

This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

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Simon Shuster

Reporter, Time; Author, The Showman: Inside the Invasion That Shook the World and Made a Leader of Volodymyr Zelensky; X @shustry

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In Conversation with Steven Boyd Saum

Executive Director of Strategic Communications and Content, Saint Mary’s College.