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Timothy Snyder

Yale University Levin Professor of History



Present risks and future challenges

3 December 2019


Ludwig Maximilian University

Today in the United States as well as in Europe, we spend the present defending what is at risk, and the future appears chiefly as a threat. Yet the very idea of freedom, once central in democratic societies, depends upon a vision of the future. In this lecture Professor Snyder will address the deep threats to freedom, and the possibilities for a future with greater freedom.


Timothy ­Snyder, Levin Professor of History at Yale and a Permanent Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna, explored and explained his latest research about current risks and perils in democratic societies, and possible solutions. An expert on European history, Professor Snyder is a leading American historian and public intellectual. Author of several award winning and bestselling books, his works have all been translated, with his recent “On Tyranny” now appearing in 40 languages.


A part of the Munich Dialogues on Democracy Speakers Series, a cooperation between The Yale Club of Germany e.V. (Munich Chapter) and the Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations, in partnership with the Munich History Lecture.

Partners for the event were  The Yale Club of Germany e.V. Munich Dialogues on Democracy, Munich History Lecture Series at Ludwig Maximilian University, Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations