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Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and journalist Anne Applebaum to deliver Leopold Lecture

Author of ‘Twilight of Democracy’ featured in a livestream event on Oct. 8

Anne Applebaum, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, journalist and geopolitical commentator, will deliver the 31st annual Richard W. Leopold Lecture in a livestream event hosted by Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8.

No registration is required. Visit the Weinberg College website to join the livestream talk and to submit a question for the moderated Q&A.

Anne Applebaum
Anne Applebaum

Informed by her expertise in Europe and years of international reporting, Applebaum will share perspectives on today’s volatile world events. With technology enabling authoritarian governments to manipulate media to an unprecedented scale, Applebaum scrutinizes the misinformation, propaganda and criminal exploitation that are changing the tenor of political discourse and influencing global affairs.

Applebaum is currently a Senior Fellow of International Affairs and Agora Fellow in Residence at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. She is co-founder of the Democracy Lab at the Legatum Institute, an international think tank based in London. Formerly a foreign affairs columnist and editorial board member for The Washington Post, Applebaum is now a staff writer at The Atlantic and a regular contributor to publications such as Foreign Affairs, The Guardian, Slate, The New Republic, Die Welt, The Spectator, The Independent, Gazeta Wyborcza and The New York Review of Books.

In her new book, “Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism” (Penguin 2020), Applebaum describes a shift in the mindset of formerly democratic-minded friends in Poland who now actively support a one-party state and control over the media. She sees it as part of a global trend toward authoritarianism, with conspiracy theories playing a role in destroying trust in government and institutions.

In a July 2020 interview with NPR’s “Morning Edition,” Applebaum said, “Everybody who founded and created democratic systems has always been aware of how fragile they can be…They require all of us to allow our political enemies to rule…If you think about it, that's a tough ask. That doesn't mean it has to fail, but it means that it can.”