The Humanities Institute Public Humanities Lecture Series and
The Luebeck Lecture in Germanic Languages and Literatures
Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning
Feb. 1, 2016, 4-5 p.m.
Book signing to follow
The Ohio State University
1871 North High St.
Columbus, Ohio 43210
Timothy Snyder, author of the New York Times bestseller, Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning (Time Duggan Books, 2015), is the Bird White Housum Professor of History at Yale University and a member of the Committee on Conscience of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
In his new book, Snyder suggests that by overlooking the lessons of the Holocaust, we have misunderstood modernity and endangered the future. The early 21st century is coming to resemble the early 20th, as growing preoccupations with food and water accompany ideological challenges to global order. Our world is closer to Hitler's than we like to admit, and saving it requires us to see the Holocaust as it was —and ourselves as we are.
He is the author of Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin, which received the literature award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Hannah Arendt Prize and the Leipzig Book Prize for European Understanding.
Cosponsored with Ohio State’s Melton Center for Jewish Studies, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures and Wexner Center for the Arts.