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Multnomah County Democrats Book Discussion - July 16, Aug 6, Sept 10, Oct 1

Multnomah County Democrats
3551 NE Sandy Boulevard
Portland, OR 97232, US (map)

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Book discussion: Timothy Snyder, ON TYRANNY, 20 Lessons from the 20th Century

  • Four Sundays: July 16, August 6, September 10, October 1
  • Time: 12-2pm
  • Location: Multdems HQ, 3551 Sandy Boulevard

How to participate: Sign up in advance for one or all meetings by sending an email to 4vc2@lesliedavis.net.

Please join fellow Dems for a discussion of this brief, instructive book. We will take up 5 of the 20 lessons at each group. On Sunday, July 16, at 12-2pm, we will discuss the first 5 principles:

  1. Do not obey in advance.
  2. Defend institutions.
  3. Beware the one-party state.
  4. Take responsibility for the face of the world.
  5. Remember professional ethics.

Our discussion will follow the 3-step model, What? So what? Now what?

  • The first task – What? - is to understand each lesson well enough to explain it in your own words.
  • The second task – So what? – is to interpret each lesson and identify current, real-life examples.
  • The third task – Now what? – is to plan concrete, effective actions that implement the lesson.

But this won’t be merely an intellectual exercise. Every participant will walk out of the discussion with a plan to do at least one thing – a specific, tangible action – that will build wider engagement and small-d democracy. Please join us.

Leslie Davis, discussion leader, has done graduate work in European history at UCLA, where she earned an M.A., and at U of O, where she was a Ph.D. student and Graduate Teaching Fellow.

Timothy Snyder, author, is a professor of history at Yale University. A scholar of twentieth-century central and eastern Europe, he has written several books, including Bloodlands: Between Hitler and Stalin and Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning. He is a member of the Committee on Conscience of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

We are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism … Our advantage is that we might learn from their experience." –Snyder


Multnomah County Democrats - As Democrats, we are dedicated to making people's lives better. We work to restore an effective and efficient government that will respect your rights, count your votes, rebuild the economy, and restore accountability. We are active locally in numerous projects and issues.

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