Rod Dreher is an author and journalist whose best-selling books have been translated into 12 languages. He is a leading commentator on the relationship between Christianity and public life. He is a senior editor at The American Conservative, where he writes a popular blog about religion, culture, and politics, and he publishes often in other journals. In 2017, his best-selling book "The Benedict Option" was described by The New York Times as "the most important religious book of the decade." In 2019, his book "Live Not By Lies," a warning about what he regards as the coming soft totalitarianism, became another bestseller in the United States. It has to date sold over 120,000 copies, and has been or will be translated into at least eight languages, including Slovak. He dedicated the book to the memory of Father Tomislav Kolakovic, the founder of the Slovak underground church. Dreher has been living in Central Europe this summer as a visiting fellow at Budapest's Danube Institute. This is his second appearance at Bratislava Hanus Days. He is an Orthodox Christian who lives with his wife and children in Louisiana.
Dariusz Karłowicz is a Polish philosopher, university lecturer, columnist, and a book publisher. The president of the St. Nicolas Foundation, NGO involved in charitable, educational, and scientific activity. An Editor-in-chief of the Polish philosophical magazine "Political Theology" ("Teologia Polityczna") that analyzes the connections and relationships between philosophy, religion, and politics. Lecturer in political philosophy at the War Studies University in Warsaw. Co-author of a weekly television program "Trzeci Punkt Widzenia" on the channel TVP Kultura (on the public television). A regular columnist in the weekly Sieci (one of the largest weekly magazines in Poland). The author of books and articles. Following books were translated to English: The Archparadox of Death, Martyrdom as a philosophical category and Socrates and Other Saints.