Course Details

100: On Tyranny and Resistance

July 16-19
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

In his short book, On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, Yale historian Timothy Snyder warns against assuming that our democratic heritage automatically protects us from the threats of tyranny. He writes, “the precedent set by the Founders demands that we examine history to understand the deep sources of tyranny, and to consider the proper responses to it. Americans today are no wiser than Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism… Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience. Now is a good time to do so.” This study group will discuss the 20 lessons that Snyder culls from recent history to examine the threats and, more hopefully, opportunities for resistance in our current circumstances.

Class Format: Discussion

Hours of Reading: 1-2 hours/session

Study Group Leader(s):

Mark Nadel
Mark Nadel was a government professor at Cornell University prior to his career in the federal government. After retirement, he returned to his academic roots as a public policy professor at Georgetown. He has taught courses in applied political theory and public policy at OLLI.

Reading List:

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, Timothy Snyder. Tim Duggan Books, 2017, ISBN: 0804190119.