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On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

  • Bohemian National Hall 321 E 73rd St, New York, NY 10021 (map)
Professor Timothy Snyder, Housum Professor of History at Yale University

Professor Timothy Snyder, Housum Professor of History at Yale University

Lecture by Timothy Snyder, the Housum Professor of History at Yale University and author of a new book On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, an essential guide to survival and resistance for our time (Tim Duggan Books; February 28, 2017).

Snyder offers today’s reader a guide to identifying and understanding the frightening parallels that exist between our current reality and the reality faced by Europeans of the twentieth century. But Snyder goes further, using history to show us how to effectively resist and bring about change. On Tyranny offers invaluable ideas for how we can preserve our freedoms in the uncertain years to come through a series of twenty lessons, such as Do not obey in advance, Defend institutions and Beware the one-party state, Be calm when the unthinkable arrives, Be a patriot and Be as courageous as you can.

“Believe in truth. To abandon facts is to abandon freedom. If nothing is true, then no one can criticize power, because there is no basis upon which to do so.”

— Timothy Snyder, On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

Free and open to the public. Seats are limited; please RSVP here.

Organized by: VHLF, Society for the History of Czechoslovak Jews, BBLA