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“On Tyranny” Discussion

Feb 7 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM


511 Building - Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design


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511 NW Broadway
Portland, Oregon, 97209   [map]

Worried about the possibility of right-wing dictatorship in America? Want to take action in an informed way, guided by the lessons of history? Curious to know what one of the world’s most respected historians of Nazi Germany has to say about the dangers of Trump’s presidency?
Timothy Snyder’s 2017 book On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century represents that very rare thing: a work of history that is also a call to action. It is a short text, pithy and readable enough to have already become a go-to source for contemporary popular resistance.
This workshop will be a discussion of the book, chaired and facilitated by PNCA prof. Michael Rogers, whose work as a historian focuses on similar issues. Michael will give a brief introductory talk and then we will open things up for freewheeling, respectful, impassioned and thoughtful group discussion.
Participants are encouraged to read the book beforehand (126 short pages). It will be available on 3-hour reserve in the library, or you can purchase a copy for around $5 online, e.g.