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Hammer and Silicon – The Soviet Diaspora in the U.S. Innovation Economy

Wednesday, June 12 from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

$5 – $15

The Museum of Russian Art, in collaboration with the Russian American Business and Culture Council (RABCC), presents

Hammer and Silicon – The Soviet Diaspora in the U.S. Innovation Economy

A Presentation by Daniel M. Satinsky

Published in 2018, Hammer and Silicon – The Soviet Diaspora in the U.S. Innovation Economy tells the untold story of the significant contributions of technical professionals from the former Soviet Union to the US innovation economy. Drawing upon in-depth interviews of more than 150 professionals who emigrated from 11 of the 15 former Soviet republics between the 1970s and 2015 and who currently work in Silicon Valley and Boston/Cambridge, it highlights their transition and important contributions to the US tech sector. The book places the immigration of these skilled Russian-speaking professionals within the context of the broader movement of the “best and brightest” from around the world to the USA over the past 50 years. Daniel Satinsky, one of the three co-authors, will present the main conclusions of the book and their relevance to relations with Russia and to immigration policy.

The book was named as a Distinguished Winner of the Second IACMR-RRBM Award for Responsible Research. This award recognizes excellent scholarship that enables business practice to become a force for good and make a positive change in the broader society.


Doors will open at 5:45pm  |  Presentation will begin at 6:30pm  |  General Admission seating  

All galleries will be open for viewing

Free parking is available across the street (Diamond Lake Road) in the Mayflower Church parking lot.

TICKETS:  TMORA Member $12  |  General Admission  $15  |  Student  $5





Daniel M. Satinsky, Esq. is an Associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University, former Chair of the Board of the U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce of New England and a business consultant. In the course of his business activities, he has traveled extensively throughout Russia and the former Soviet Union and has written and spoken extensively on Russia-related business, innovation and technology topics. He holds a JD from Northeastern University Law School and Master of Law and Diplomacy degree from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University.








Wednesday, June 12
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
$5 – $15


5500 Stevens Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55419 United States
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