Live at The Brooklyn Public Library
Thursday, November 10, 7:00PM ET
Masha Gessen presents
The Kahn Humanities lecture series at Brooklyn Public Library features innovative thinkers in the humanities or whose work effectively draws on the humanities. BPL Presents, the library's arts & culture department, is proud to feature the unique mind and urgent voice of Masha Gessen. One of our most trenchant observers of democracy, Masha Gessen is the author of eleven books, including the National Book Award-winning The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia and The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin. A staff writer at The New Yorker, they have covered political subjects including Russia, L.G.B.T. rights, Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump, and the rise of autocracy among others.
Gessen’s latest book, Surviving Autocracy, is a bracing overview of the calamitous trajectory of American democracy under the Trump administration. In the run-up to the 2016 election, they stood out from other journalists for the ability to convey the ominous significance of Donald Trump’s behavior, unprecedented in a national candidate. Within forty-eight hours of his victory, the essay “Autocracy: Rules for Survival” had gone viral, and their coverage of his norm-smashing presidency became essential reading for a citizenry struggling to wrap their heads around the unimaginable.
Event location: Central Library, Dweck Center