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Past Event

Masha Gessen: Surviving Autocracy

In the run-up to the 2016 election, The New Yorker's Masha Gessen stood out from other journalists for calling out the significance of Donald Trump’s speech and behavior, unprecedented in a national candidate. Within 48 hours of his victory, Gessen's essay “Autocracy: Rules for Survival” had gone viral, and Gessen’s coverage of Trump’s norm-breaking presidency became important reading for a citizenry struggling to wrap their heads around the unimaginable.

Thanks to the unique perspective from a childhood in the Soviet Union and two decades covering the resurgence of totalitarianism in Russia, Gessen has a sixth sense for signs of autocracy—and the unique cross-cultural fluency to delineate its emergence to Americans. Now, as the 2020 race takes shape, their new book Surviving Autocracy provides an indispensable overview of what Gessen views as the calamitous trajectory of the past few years.

Join us for a conversation with one of our leading journalists as they highlight the dangers of complacency and how America can forge a new path forward.


This program is free, though we invite you to make a donation during registration

Copies of Surviving Autocracy are available for purchase at checkout;

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Bernstein photo credit by Matthew Septimus

June 10, 2020

United States

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Masha Gessen

Staff Writer, The New Yorker; Author, Surviving Autocracy; Twitter @mashagessen

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In Conversation with Andrea Bernstein

Senior Editor, WNYC; Co-Host, “Trump Inc”; Author, American Oligarchs: The Kushners, the Trumps, and the Marriage of Money and Power; Twitter @AndreaWNYC


12:30–1:30 p.m. PT program