23rd Karlsruhe Dialogues - Speakers

The Politics of Responsibility: a Response to the Crisis of Democracy


Prof. Dr. Timothy Snyder


Prof. Dr. Timothy Snyder, a historian of Europe, is one of the leading American historians and public intellectuals. He is the Richard C. 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 University in 2001, he held fellowships in Paris, Vienna, and Warsaw, and an Academy Scholarship at Harvard University. He speaks five and reads ten European languages. Among his publications are seven single-authored award-winning books, all of which have been translated and were bestsellers in several countries. Among others: The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America (2018), Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning (2015), and Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin (2010). Snyder is perhaps best known around the world for his political pamphlet On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century (2017), which was translated into forty languages.
Snyder sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Modern European History and East European Politics and Societies. He has also written for Foreign Affairs, The Nation, and The New Republic as well as for The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, and other newspapers. Snyder has received numerous awards as well as state orders from Estonia, Lithuania, and Poland. He is a member of the Committee on Conscience of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, he is the faculty advisor for the Fortunoff Collection for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale University, and sits on the advisory councils of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and other organisations.









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