Deutsches Haus at NYU presents a conversation with the author Timothy Snyder and the author and illustrator Nora Krug about the graphic edition of Snyder’s book “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century,” which will be moderated by Ulrich Baer. A bold connection between past and present, the book is a warning that the lesson of 20th century’s European shift to fascism, Nazism, and communism is highly applicable to the 21st century United States. Now beautifully illustrated by Nora Krug, On Tyranny (Penguin Random House, October 2021) speaks to the ways in which we can draw lessons from the past that should inform the way we move through our present moment.
About “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century:”
Timothy Snyder’s New York Times bestseller On Tyranny uses the darkest moments in twentieth-century history, from Nazism to Communism, to teach twenty lessons on resisting modern-day authoritarianism.
In the graphic edition, Nora Krug draws from her highly inventive art style in Belonging—at once a graphic memoir, collage-style scrapbook, historical narrative, and trove of memories—to breathe new life, color, and power into Snyder’s riveting historical references, turning a quick-read pocket guide of lessons into a visually striking rumination. In a time of great uncertainty and instability, this edition of On Tyranny emphasizes the importance of being active, conscious, and deliberate participants in resistance.
About the speakers:
Timothy Snyder is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He speaks five and reads ten European languages. Snyder’s work has appeared in forty languages and has received a number of prizes. His books have inspired poster campaigns and exhibitions, films, sculpture, a punk rock song, a rap song, a play, and an opera. His words are quoted in political demonstrations around the world, most recently in Hong Kong. He is researching a family history of nationalism and finishing a philosophical book about freedom.
Nora Krug is a German-American author and illustrator whose drawings and visual narratives have appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Guardian, and Le Monde diplomatique. Krug is a recipient of fellowships from Fulbright, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and others. Her books are included in the Library of Congress and the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University. Her visual memoir Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home (foreign edition title Heimat) was chosen as a best book of the year by the New York Times, The Guardian, NPR, Kirkus Review, the San Fransisco Chronicle, and the Boston Globe.
Ulrich Baer (moderator) is University Professor at New York University where he teaches literature and photography. He hosts the ideas podcast, Think About It, and has published editions of numerous classic books with Warbler Press.
“On Tyranny: a Conversation with Timothy Snyder and Nora Krug” is funded by the DAAD from funds of the German Federal Foreign Office (AA).
Location and time:
Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT