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The New School Transregional Center 
for Democratic Studies
the Polish Cultural Institute New York

invite you to 


Adam Michnik, Elzbieta Matynia and 

Irena Grudzinska-Gross in conversation  


November 10, 2014 

The Polish Cultural Institute New York has the pleasure of welcoming Adam Michnik to New York for the second time in 2014, to celebrate the launch of two books: An Uncanny Era: Conversations Between Vaclav Havel and Adam Michnik, edited by Prof. Elzbieta Matynia of the New School, and The Trouble With History, a collection of his essays on the end of Communism, edited by Prof. Irena Grudzinska Gross of Princeton University. On November 10, Michnik will be joined by Matynia and Grudzinska Gross in a three-way conversation and discussion, as part of a series of events marking 25 years since the end of Communism in Central and Eastern Europe, hosted by the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies at the New School.

An Uncanny Era brings together the correspondence between Vaclav Havel and Adam Michnik around the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Both men were former political prisoners who went on to become major figures in their new democratic countries: Havel, the playwright-turned-president of the Czech Republic, and Michnik, the historian who founded the region' s leading newspaper. An Uncanny Era gives an engagingly personal perspective on how to achieve radical social change.

In The Trouble With History, Michnik compares modern-day Poland with post-revolutionary France and challenges the virus of fundamentalism that infects emerging democracies: the belief that a group of sinless individuals armed with the correct doctrine can build a world without sin. 

Both An Uncanny Era and The Trouble With History were published by Yale University Press (2014). 

Presented by the Transregional Center for Democracy Studies at the New School for Social Research and the Polish Cultural Institute New York. 


Monday, November 10, 2014 @ 6:30 pm 





Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall
55 West 13th St, Room I202 
New York, NY 10011 

Free entry  






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