FCG Listens: On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder



Join us on Thursday, March 4th, 2021 at 7pm for a virtual round-table discussion on Zoom.


FCG Listens is part of the ongoing FCG Reads series of virtual round-table discussions centred around a chosen piece of writing or general subject with the goal of exploring and diversifying the conversations FCG facilitates and encourages in our community. For this session, our discussion will be centred around Timothy Snyder's On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century.


A historian of fascism offers a guide for surviving and resisting America’s turn towards authoritarianism.

On November 9th, millions of Americans woke up to the impossible: the election of Donald Trump as president. Against all predictions, one of the most-disliked presidential candidates in history had swept the electoral college, elevating a man with open contempt for democratic norms and institutions to the height of power.

In his books Bloodlands and Black Earth, Timothy Snyder has carefully dissected the events and values that enabled the rise of Hitler and Stalin and the execution of their catastrophic policies. With Twenty Lessons, Snyder draws from the darkest hours of the twentieth century to provide hope for the twenty-first. As he writes, “Americans are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism and communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience.”

Twenty Lessons is a call to arms and a guide to resistance, with invaluable ideas for how we can preserve our freedoms in the uncertain years to come.


The primary audio for discussion will be the lecture delivered by Timothy Snyder at the Ellison Center at the University of Washington in 2018. Please click here to access this lecture. The full audiobook is also available for purchase here.


This FCG Listens session will be facilitated by Alex Jaworiwsky, Forest City Gallery's president, and a concerned citizen of a democracy in jeopardy, looking for ways to preserve it.


Interested participants can register by clicking the link below. The deadline to register for this session is Monday, March 1st.


Link to Register.