In Search of Lost Meaning The New Eastern Europe
Monday, October 31
5:30 – 7:30pm
Wolff Conference Room, 6 East 16th Street, room 1103 (11th floor)
Please join the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies, in collaboration with the Sociology Department at NSSR, for a special evening with Adam Michnik introduced by Ian Buruma as they discuss Michnik’s newest book In Search of Lost Meaning The New Eastern Europe.
In this new collection of essays, edited by Irena Grudzinska-Gross, Adam Michnik, Poland’s legendary dissident and one of Europe’s leading thinkers, traces the post-cold-war transformation of Eastern Europe. He writes again in opposition, this time to post-communist elites and European Union bureaucrats. Composed of history, memoir, and political critique, In Search of Lost Meaning illuminates the changes in Poland and the Eastern Bloc since 1989. Michnik asks what mistakes were made and what we can learn from crucial events in Poland’s past and from the literature and history of Central and Eastern Europe. Reflecting also on the most recent efforts to grapple with Poland’s Jewish history and residual guilt, this profoundly important book throws light not only on historic events, but also on the thinking of one of the most important protagonists in those events.