Timothy Snyder Gives the Mark Shafer Lecture

Update December 22, 2017

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Update Nov. 29, 2017

We had to find extra chairs to handle 80 or so people in the Great Hall as they listened in rapt attention to Timothy Snyder.  He talked about threats to U.S. democracy, how the U.S. was becoming more like Putin’s Russia, and lessons he learned as a scholar of tyranny in Europe in the 1930’s.  Audio and video recorded by WPKN and TSVN.


The 2017 Mark Shafer Lecture will be delivered by Timothy Snyder, Tuesday evening, November 28 at the United Church Parish House, Great Hall, 323 Temple St.  It is free and open to the public.  Doors open at 6:30 for the 7 p.m. lecture.


Timothy Snyder is one of the leading American historians and public intellectuals, He is the Housum Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. Before joining the faculty at Yale in 2001, he held fellowships in Paris, Vienna, and Warsaw, and an Academy Scholarship at Harvard. He speaks five and reads ten European languages. Among his publications are:The Reconstruction of Nations: Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, 1659-1999 (2003); Sketches from a Secret War: A Polish Artist’s Mission to Liberate Soviet Ukraine (2005); The Red Prince: The Secret Lives of a Habsburg Archduke (2008); and Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin (2010) and Black Earth (2015).


Days after the 2016 presidential election Snyder sounded the alarm on a Facebook post that was shared over 18,000 times.  It later became the heart of a book “On Tyranny”.  Now it’s a year after the election.  Fascists and other ultra-rights have advanced in Austria and Germany, Trump threatens to wipe out North Korea, a Saudi prince is grabbing for total power and threatening more upheaval.    On the other hand there was the great Women’s march and Immigrant actions last winter and activists took on fascists and Nazis in U.S. streets.  We’re eager to hear Professor Snyder’s thoughts on these developments.


His next book will be published in 2018, ” Origins of UnFreedom”


Link to flyer for the event


On Democracy Now! in May 2017


In September 2017