The 2019 Leszek Kołakowski Lecture was given by Marci Shore, associate professor of history at Yale University.
Her research focuses on European intellectual history, in particularly twentieth and twenty-first century Central and Eastern Europe. She received her M.A. from the University of Toronto in 1996 and her PhD from Stanford University in 2001; and since 2004 has regularly been a visiting fellow at the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen in Vienna. She is the translator of Michał Głowiński's The Black Seasons and the author of Caviar and Ashes: A Warsaw Generation's Life and Death in Marxism, 1918-1968, The Taste of Ashes: The Afterlife of Totalitarianism in Eastern Europe, and The Ukrainian Night: An Intimate History of Revolution. In 2018 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship for her current project titled “Phenomenological Encounters: Scenes from Central Europe.” The lecture was hosted by the Dahrendorf Programme for the Study of Freedom at the European Studies Centre, St Antony’s College and chaired by Timothy Garton Ash, Professor of European Studies.