7:00pm – 9:00pm
August 2, 2018
FREE
MELT Reading Group

150 1st Avenue New York, NY 10009

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On Tyranny— Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

We are currently witnessing a full-blown immigration crisis and the detainment of immigrants, a new threat to the Supreme Court, a new CIA head who has actively participated in torture, the degradation of environmental regulation, the continuation of state-sponsored violence against black and brown bodies, the erosion of constitutional rights, and US withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council, In light of the urgency of this current moment, we'll focus on a little book called On Tyranny— Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century. It’s by the historian Timothy Snyder, who reminds us that these things we’re seeing are not new. He inquires in simple language about what we can learn and how we can apply it to resist fascism in our own situation. Some of his prescriptions fit well with ways that artists already operate (for example, “Practice corporeal politics.”). And a number of them may run counter to our intuitions. We'll take a look at a few of these prescriptions together and think about how our artistic skills and realms of knowledge can be important models at this time.

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