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On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

lecture 18 September, 2017 - 8:00 PM

[Bohemian National Hall]


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


Timothy Snyder is the author of several award-winning books including Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin and Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning.


The book On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century will be available to purchase.
Bohemian National Hall
321 E 73rd Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10021


Free and open to the public. Seats are limited; RSVP at eventbrite


This event is organized by Vaclav Havel Library Foundation and the Society for the History of Czechoslovak Jews, supported by BBLA.

Bohemian Benevolent & Literary AssociationHospodaThe National Czech and Slovak MuseumAmerican Friends of the Czech RepublicCzech CenterConsulate General