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Timothy Snyder on "The Five Forms of Freedom"

2021 Presidential Lecture in the Humanities with Timothy Snyder

"The Five Forms of Freedom"

October 19, 2021

Timothy Snyder

Richard C. Levin Professor of History, Yale University

Freedom is the main idea of American political life, but no one knows what it means. In this lecture, introduced by Humanities Center Director Roland Greene, Timothy Snyder defines freedom as the capacity to choose among values, envision futures, and realize some of them. He makes the case that freedom takes five forms: sovereignty, unpredictability, mobility, solidarity, and factuality.