Multi-Faith and Belief Chaplaincy

PhD Book Club

The best reads about PhD life. Meets twice each semester.

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Read more about PhD Book Club in this blog post by Harriet and Kitty for Teaching Matters.

For our next book, we're delighted to have Dr Annie Pirrie, Reader in Education at the University of the West of Scotland, re-joining us to discuss Timothy Snyder's book ON TYRANNY: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century.

We'll meet on Friday December 2nd, 4-5pm, in the Chaplaincy, to talk about authoritarianism, freedom and the lessons of history.

Email to register for PhD Book Club. Copies of our books (current and previous) are available for members to borrow from the PhD Book Club Library. 



[Synopsis: Goodreads]

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Timothy Snyder

A historian of fascism offers a guide for surviving and resisting America’s turn towards authoritarianism. On November 9th, millions of Americans woke up to the impossible: the election of Donald Trump as president. Against all predictions, one of the most-disliked presidential candidates in history had swept the electoral college, elevating a man with open contempt for democratic norms and institutions to the height of power. Timothy Snyder is one of the most celebrated historians of the Holocaust. In his books Bloodlands and Black Earth, he has carefully dissected the events and values that enabled the rise of Hitler and Stalin and the execution of their catastrophic policies. With Twenty Lessons, Snyder draws from the darkest hours of the twentieth century to provide hope for the twenty-first. As he writes, “Americans are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism and communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience.” Twenty Lessons is a call to arms and a guide to resistance, with invaluable ideas for how we can preserve our freedoms in the uncertain years to come.

[Timothy Snyder]

Email to register for PhD Book Club.

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