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Aftershock—A Journey into Eastern Europe’s Broken Dreams: John Feffer in Conversation with Tina Rosenberg

  • When
  • February 28, 2018
    12:15–2:00 p.m.
  • Where
  • Open Society Foundations–New York
    224 West 57th Street
    New York, NY 10019
    United States of America
  • Speakers
  • John Feffer and Tina Rosenberg
  • Programs
  • Open Society Fellowship Program

John Feffer on the Liberal Project and Eastern Europe’s Broken Dreams


In 1990, journalist and former Open Society Fellow John Feffer interviewed several hundred activists, scholars, and politicians in Central and Eastern Europe. More than two decades later, he returned to track down many of the same interviewees to hear their stories of struggle and adaptation. 

His new book, Aftershock: A Journey into Eastern Europe’s Broken Dreams, is the result. Through these interviews, Feffer assesses the economic, political, and cultural transformation in the region in an effort to understand the reasons for the rise and fall of the liberal project. Hungarian writer and human rights advocate Miklos Haraszti calls Aftershock “both a merciless political history and a compassionate political psychology of central and eastern Europe's post-Cold War transformation.”

Please join the Open Society Foundations for a conversation with John Feffer and Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Tina Rosenberg.


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    John Feffer


    John Feffer, an Open Society Fellow in 2012 and 2013, is the author of several books, including Shock Waves: Eastern Europe After the Revolutions, Aftershock: A Journey into Eastern Europe’s Broken Dreams, and the recently published dystopian novel Splinterlands.

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    Tina Rosenberg


    Tina Rosenberg received the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for her 1995 book The Haunted Land: Facing Europe’s Ghosts After Communism. She is cowriter of the New York Times Fixes column and cofounder of the Solutions Journalism Network. 

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