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

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.


  • 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.
  • 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. 
Date: February 28, 2018
Time: 12:152:00 p.m.