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My Life as a Spy

Katherine Verdery

In 1973, Katherine Verdery began her doctoral fieldwork in the Transylvanian region of Romania, ruled at the time by communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.

She returned several times over the next twenty-five years, during which time the secret police — the Securitate — compiled a massive surveillance file on her. Reading through its 2,781 pages, she learned that she was "actually" a spy, a CIA agent, a Hungarian agitator and a friend of dissidents: in short, an enemy of Romania. Join her as she discusses her life as a spy and the circumstances that led informers, including close friends, to report on her.

A book signing follows the event.

Katherine Verdery

Katherine Verdery is Julien J. Studley Faculty Scholar and Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York …

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