Transregional Center for Democratic Studies

IN PERSON | Book Launch: ‘Toward Xenopolis: Visions from the Borderland’ – A conversation with author Krzysztof Czyżewski on lessons we have failed to learn

Exactly thirty years have passed since the siege of Sarajevo and the Srebrenica massacre. Today when we face a horrific war in Ukraine, one may ask what lessons we failed to learn.  

How does a society repair itself after violence? How do we live in a world with others different from ourselves? These questions lie at the heart of Krzysztof Czyzewski’s writing and his work with Fundacja Pogranicze, the Borderland Foundation, at the border of Lithuania, Poland, and Belarus. Writing from the heartland of Europe’s violence and creativity, Czyzewski seeks to explain how we can relate better to each other and to our diverse communities. Ultimately, Czyzewski hopes we can all move toward xenopolis, toward the understanding that others are, in fact, ourselves.

Please join us for a conversation with Krzysztof Czyzewski, Timothy Snyder, Irena Grudzińska Gross, Jeffrey C. Goldfarb and Elzbieta Matynia.


  • Krzysztof Czyżewski, Polish author, one of the initiators of the Borderland Foundation in Sejny, Poland
  • Timothy Snyder, Richard C. Levin Professor of History, Yale University
  • Irena Grudzińska Gross, Literary critic and historian of ideas, Princeton University and the Institute of Slavic Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Jeffrey C. Goldfarb, Michael E. Gellert Professor of Sociology Emeritus at The New School for Social Research and chair of the Democracy Seminar, The New School for Social Research
  • Elzbieta Matynia, Professor of Sociology and Liberal Studies, Director of Transregional Center for Democratic Studies, The New School for Social Research. 

This is an off-campus in-person event. Free and open to the public. You MUST RVSP in order to attend. 

Presented by the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies (TCDS), the Kościuszko Foundation, and the Democracy Seminar at The New School for Social Research.

We expect that all guests will be fully vaccinated and while inside they will wear masks.

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