Timothy Snyder and Yuval Noah Harari: The Last Forty Years and the Next Forty


Timothy Snyder and Yuval Noah Harari will be in conversation in an event that will be live-streamed on Thursday June 30, 19:00 CET. 

The Last Forty Years and the Next Forty: Eastern Europe, Europe, the World

It was forty years ago, in 1982, that the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) was founded as a place of encounter. Back then creating a meeting place for dissenting thinkers of Eastern Europe and prominent scholars from the West. To commemorate the 40th anniversary, the IWM is organizing a series of events in 2022.

Timothy Snyder and Yuval Noah Harari will discuss what lessons we should take from the past four decades and what will determine the course of the years to come.

Topics will include techno-optimism and -pessimism, the role of ideas in politics, the continuing relevance of history to geopolitics, the failure and the success of predictions from the past, the intellectual legacies of the late twentieth century, and the war in Ukraine and is possible consequences for coming decades.

Watch the livestream here

Yuval Noah Harari is Professor at the Department of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the author of bestsellers 'Sapiens: 'A Brief History of Humankind', 'Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow', '21 Lessons for the 21st Century', 'Sapiens: A Graphic History', and the forthcoming 'Unstoppable Us' - and has sold over 40 Million books worldwide. Harari writes regularly for publications such as The Guardian, Financial Times, The New York Times, The Atlantic and The Economist - addressing current world affairs like COVID-19 and the war in Ukraine from a macro-historical perspective.

Timothy Snyder is the Levin Professor of History and Global Affairs at Yale University and IWM Permanent Fellow. His fifteen books, which include 'The Road to Unfreedom', 'On Tyranny', 'Bloodlands and Black Earth', have been translated into more than forty languages and have received a similar number of awards. He holds state orders and honorary doctorates and has appeared in documentaries, on network television, and in major films.

The conversation will be moderated by IWM Permanent Fellow Ivan Krastev.