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12th Annual Eva Holtby Lecture on Contemporary Culture

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The Rise of Modern Tyranny

They say history repeats itself, and today, the price of ignoring history has been to invite authoritarianism back into the mainstream. Although they differ from the fascists and communists of the 20th century, modern-day tyrants have regularly referred to the 1930s while relying upon familiar oppressive tactics from the collapse of the first globalization. Join Professor Timothy Snyder in this thought-provoking lecture as he explores how individual citizens can turn history into action to better defend democratic freedoms and institutions.


Following the lecture, join Timothy Snyder for an engaging conversation with Susan Ormiston of CBC's The National.

Speaker: Timothy Snyder

Photo courtesy Ine Gundersveen.

Timothy Snyder is the Housum Professor of History at Yale University. He is the author of Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin and Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning. Snyder is a member of the Committee on Conscience of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and a permanent fellow of the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna.

Lecture includes post-event reception with 1 host drink.

ASL Interpretation will be provided

The Eva Holtby Lecture is supported by the Holtby and Schury Families.

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Date & Time

  • Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 7:00 - 8:00 pm, Reception to follow


Royal Ontario Museum
Samuel Hall Currelly Gallery
Level 1

Doors Open: 6:30 pm
Lecture: 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Reception to follow lecture.

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