First Parish Lyceum to Feature Ukrainian-Born Bedford Resident Vlad Shapiro

January 25, 2023

The free Lyceum series continues from 1 to 2:30 p.m. this Sunday, Jan. 29 at First Parish on the Common with Bedford resident Vlad Shapiro, a Ukrainian-American from Kyiv, who will present “Ukraine 101: Root causes of the Russian invasion in context-Ukraine’s history, culture, and people.”

There will be a follow-up lecture at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 5 in this two-part presentation. Both events will take place in person at the church or via Zoom. No registration is required and the Zoom links are given below. There will be time for questions from the audience.

Shapiro, whose family moved to Bedford in 2016, came to the U.S. in 1991 as a math graduate student at Brandeis University. In the past 20 years he has been working as an advisor in the cybersecurity field, concentrating on the human factor element.

He will provide background on cultural and historical differences between the Ukraine and Russian populations, Ukraine’s place in the global economy, as well as key information about Ukrainian culture and traditions.

Shapiro is an author and guest speaker at conferences in his area of expertise, working with clients around the world. His interests include sports (soccer and basketball specifically), world and Eastern European history and culture, chess, and music.

Zoom links:

For Jan 29, 2023:
Meeting ID: 950 1975 5634    Passcode: 414513
One tap mobile +13017158592,,95019755634#
By phone +1 301 715 8592


For Feb 5, 2023:
Meeting ID: 998 1195 8818    Passcode: 082978
One tap mobile +13092053325,,99811958818#
By phone +1 309 205 3325

First Parish is located at 75 The Great Road and is handicapped accessible.
For more information contact Ellen at [email protected] or Rich at [email protected].

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