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Conversation with Timothy Snyder

Health and Freedom: Some Thoughts from the United States

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In this session Timothy Snyder, one of the most outstanding historians in the Anglo-Saxon world, speaks about the connection between health and democracy, and how the present situation of the pandemic has put more stress on this relationship, which was already precarious.

At the end of 2019 Timothy Snyder became so gravely ill that he was on the point of dying. While he was recovering, at the height of the COVID-19 crisis, he started to think about, how the fact of looking after the health of all citizens, is essential for guaranteeing the proper functioning of democracy and viability of the most basic freedoms. As a result of his experience and his thoughts about it, Snyder wrote the book Our Malady: Lessons in Liberty from a Hospital Diary, which has recently been published in Catalan and Spanish by Galaxia Gutenberg. 

In this session, Timothy Snyder who, in his long intellectual career, has reflected on the notions of freedom, tyranny and democracy, will speak by videoconference about how, with the present pandemic, the democratic quality of western political systems is at stake. This debate is taking place in a context of the imminent US presidential elections that will undoubtedly have an effect on the course the world will take in the next few years.

Also taking part in this conversation are the professor Josep Lluís Martí and Jordi Graupera, journalist and PhD in Philosophy. The event will be moderated by Judit Carrera, director of the CCCB.

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Health and Freedom: Some Thoughts from the United States

Timothy Snyder, one of the most outstanding historians in the Anglo-Saxon world, speaks about the connection between health and democracy, and how the present situation of the pandemic has put more stress on this relationship, which was already precarious.

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