Book Discussion – July 16, Aug 6, Sept 10, Oct 1
Book discussion: Timothy Snyder,
ON TYRANNY, 20 Lessons from the 20th Century *
Four Sundays: July 16, August 6, September 10, October 1
Location: Multdems HQ, 3551 Sandy Boulevard
How to participate: Sign up in advance for one or all meetings by sending an email to
Please join fellow Dems for a discussion of this brief, instructive book. We will take up 5 of the
20 lessons at each group. On Sunday, July 16, at 12-2pm, we will discuss the first 5 principles:
1. Do not obey in advance.
2. Defend institutions.
3. Beware the one-party state.
4. Take responsibility for the face of the world.
5. Remember professional ethics.
Our discussion will follow the 3-step model, What? So what? Now what? The first task – What?
– is to understand each lesson well enough to explain it in your own words. The second task –
So what? – is to interpret each lesson and identify current, real-life examples. The third task –
Now what? – is to plan concrete, effective actions that implement the lesson.
But this won’t be merely an intellectual exercise. Every participant will walk out of the discussion with a plan to do at least one thing – a specific, tangible action – that will build wider engagement and small-d democracy.
Please join us.
Leslie Davis, discussion leader, has done graduate work in European history at UCLA, where she earned an M.A., and at U of O, where she was a Ph.D. student and Graduate Teaching Fellow.
Timothy Snyder, author, is a professor of history at Yale University. A scholar of twentieth-century central and eastern Europe, he has written several books, including Bloodlands: Between Hitler and Stalin and Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and
Warning. He is a member of the Committee on Conscience of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
* “We are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism … Our advantage is that we might learn from their experience." –Snyder