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Virtual Program | How to Survive Autocracy: Masha Gessen and Alexandra Petri in Conversation


Rampant misinformation. Partisan unilateralism. Suppression of dissent with brutal, militarized tactics.

At a time when many think that America is taking a turn toward authoritarianism, how can we navigate the path ahead to preserving our democracy? Masha Gessen, author of the timely and incisive Surviving Autocracy, returns to BHS to share this latest work and their unique perspective as a witness to the resurgence of autocratic rule. Gessen is joined in conversation by humorist and columnist for the Washington Post Alexandra Petri.


Monday, August 03, 2020

7:00 pm

Virtual Program via Zoom Webinar


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    Masha Gessen

    Masha Gessen is the author of ten books, including the just published Surviving Autocracy, 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 and the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Carnegie Fellowship, Gessen teaches at Bard College and lives in New York City.

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    Alexandra Petri

    Alexandra Petri writes Petri Dishes, a humor column for the Washington Post and her new book, Nothing is Wrong and Here is Why, is available now.