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Community Reads: Community Reads: Winter 2018 | On Tyranny

A guide to the Community Reads program at UWB/CC Campus Library

Goals for Community Reads

‚ÄčEveryone is invited : UW Bothell and Cascadia College students, faculty, and staff are invited to a discussion of "On Tyranny" by Timothy Snyder. Please join us in this important community conversation.

Date: Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

Time: 11-12:30

Place: LB1-205 

Get the Book:

Free copies of the book are available for University of Washington Bothell and Cascadia College students, faculty and staff, at the Campus Library thanks to a generous donation from the UW Bothell Diversity Council. To get a free copy of On Tyranny, come to the circulation desk on the first floor of the library. We have only a limited number of copies, so please come to pick yours up soon!


Our goals for the Community Reads program are to:

  • Build community through a common intellectual experience.
  • Promote engagement with thoughtful, noteworthy works of literature or scholarship related to issues of equity and social justice across the UWB/CC campus and community.
  • Offer instructors an opportunity to invigorate curriculum with vital issues and community conversation.

Get the Book

Borrow from a Local Library
Copies are available through King County Library System, Sno-Isle Libraries, and Seattle Public Libraries.  Audio and eBook versions also available.

Purchase from a Local Bookstore

Third Place Books - a local, independent bookseller in Lake Forest Park & Seattle, WA
University Bookstore - located in Bothell, the U-District, Mill Creek and Tacoma

Further Reading

Community Reads Team Contacts: Winter 2018

Contact members of the team via email with questions, comments, or concerns:

Chloe Horning
Cora Thomas
Nicole Gustavsen
Sarah Leadley
Tami Garrard

On Tyranny

Book cover. On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder                                       Author photo of Timothy Snyder


#1 New York Times Bestseller
The Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy. Today, our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the twentieth century. We are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism.  Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience.

Timothy Snyder is the Levin Professor of History at Yale University and the author of the books On TyrannyBlack Earth, and Bloodlands. His work has received the literature award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Hannah Arendt Prize, and the Leipzig Book Prize for European Understanding. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.


The University of Washington and Cascadia College are committed to providing equal opportunity and reasonable
accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. 
See below to inquire about disability accommodations:

  • UWB: Please contact Disability Resources for Students at 425.352.5307, TDD 425.352.5303, FAX 425.352.5114,

or email

  • CASCADIA: Please contact Disability Support Services at (425) 352-8128,



Generative Conversations

At our Winter 2018 Community Reads Conversation Event, we discussed future actions that we could take to enact some of the shared values discussed in the text in 'real life'. Participants wrote down these action items on sticky notes, which we compiled. The image below represents their responses. 

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