Democracy, Democratization, and Violence: A Dialogue Between Adam Michnik and Jonathan Schell
Adam Michnik, former dissident, historian, writer, lecturer and one of Poland's leading journalists, has been the editor in chief of the first independent Polish daily newspaper, Gazeta Wyborcza
, since its inception in 1989. It is now Poland's largest newspaper and one of Europe's most influential dailies. A life-long activist for human rights, he was detained many times between 1965 and 1986, spending a total of six years in prison for his opposition to the communist regime. An adviser to the Solidarity trade union during the 1980s, he was a negotiator for the Solidarity team during the Round Table negotiations of 1989 between representatives of the government, Solidarity and other groups that brought an end to communist rule in Poland. Michnik is the author of countless essays, articles and books, including Letters from Prison and Other Essays
(1985), Letters from Freedom: Post-cold War Realities and Perspectives
(1998), and The Church and the Left
(1993). He has received numerous awards in recognition of his eloquently articulated advocacy of democracy and freedom of the press. He joins Claremont McKenna College this spring as a Podlich Distinguished Fellow.
Jonathan Schell is the Harold Willens Peace Fellow at the Nation Institute, where he is now based, and the Peace and Disarmament Correspondent for The Nation magazine. He has taught at Wesleyan University, Emory University, and Harvard University. From 1967 to 1987, Mr. Schell was a staff writer at The New Yorker magazine. His reflective work on nuclear armament, The Fate of the Earth (1982), became a best-seller and was hailed by The New York Times as "an event of profound historical moment." Mr. Schell's other books include The Village of Ben Sue (1967), The Time of Illusion: Vietnam (1976), The Real War: The Classic Reporting on the Vietnam War with a New Essay (1987), Observing the Nixon Years (1989), and The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and the Will of the People (2003). He received the Lannan Award for Literary Non-fiction in 2000.
This event will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Mary Pickford Auditorium. Professor Robert Faggen will moderate.