Professor Timothy Snyder to Present “The Holocaust as History and Warning” for Academic Convocation on the Holocaust

Timothy SnyderOn Monday, April 16, at 4:30 pm, please join us for the annual Academic Convocation on the Holocaust when Yale University Professor Timothy Snyder will present "The Holocaust as History and Warning." The Convocation will be held in the Doris and Simon Konover Auditorium in the Dodd Research Center on the Storrs campus. It is made possible by the I. Martin and Janet M. Fierberg Fund that supports lectures at the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life. Co-sponsors include the American Studies Program, the History Department, the Human Rights Institute, the Humanities Institute, the Department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, and the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.

A reception will immediately follow.

Professor Snyder's books, The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America and Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning, will be available for purchase after the lecture. 

For additional information, or if you require an accommodation to participate, please call 860-486-2271 or email

About the Presentation

Every history of catastrophe contains a warning, since it defines causes that may be present in our own time. Too often, the Holocaust is understood only as "memory," which shields us from some of its most important implications. In this lecture, Professor Snyder will consider new authoritarianisms in light of what we still might learn from the past.

About the Speaker

Timothy Snyder is one of the leading American historians and public intellectuals. He is the Levin Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He received his doctorate from the University of Oxford in 1997, where he was a British Marshall Scholar. Before joining the faculty at Yale in 2001, he held fellowships in Paris, Vienna, and Warsaw, and an Academy Scholarship at Harvard. He speaks five and reads ten European languages.

Among his publications are eight single-authored books, all of which have been translated: Nationalism, Marxism, and Modern Central Europe: A Biography of Kazimierz Kelles-Krauz (1998, second edition 2016); The Reconstruction of Nations: Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, 1659-1999 (2003); Sketches from a Secret War: A Polish Artist’s Mission to Liberate Soviet Ukraine (2005); The Red Prince: The Secret Lives of a Habsburg Archduke (2008); Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin (2010); Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning (2016); On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century (2017); and The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America (2018).

Bloodlands won twelve awards including the Emerson Prize in the Humanities, a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Leipzig Award for European Understanding, and the Hannah Arendt Prize in Political Thought. It has been translated into thirty-three languages, was named to twelve book-of-the-year lists and was a bestseller in six countries. Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning (2015) has been a bestseller in four countries and has received multiple distinctions including the award of the Dutch Auschwitz Committee. 

Snyder was the recipient of an inaugural Andrew Carnegie Fellowship in 2015 and received the Havel Foundation prize the same year. He has received state orders from Estonia, Lithuania, and Poland. He is a member of the Committee on Conscience of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, is the faculty advisor for the Fortunoff Collection of Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, and sits on the advisory councils of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and other organizations.

To learn more, visit Professor Snyder’s Yale faculty page.


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