brainwash special:
roman krznaric & david van reybrouck

september 16, 2024     tivolivredenburg, utrecht 

Are you ready for the most fascinating history lesson of your life? On the 16th of April philosopher Roman Krznaric and historian David Van Reybrouck take you on a journey through 1000 years of world history. They share important lessons from our past that help us confront the most urgent challenges we are facing today. 

How might understanding the origins of capitalism spark ideas for bringing AI under control? What can humankind’s rich history of radical revolts teach us about the power of disobedience? What inspiration could we take from eighteenth century Japan to create a regenerative economy today? In his new book History for Tomorrow, Roman Krznaric answers these and many other questions. During this Brainwash Special he speaks with historian David Van Reybrouck about the most important history lessons from our past and shares insights that help us confront the most urgent challenges facing humanity in the twenty-first century.


Moderator: Eveline van Rijswijk

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We live in an era dominated by the present tense, which vastly undervalues the accumulated experience of the past as a guide for where we go next. Roman Krznaric

about the speakers

Roman Krznaric is a social philosopher who writes about the power of ideas to create change. His books include The Good Ancestor: How to Think Long Term in a Short-Term World, Empathy, The Wonderbox and Carpe Diem Regained and have been published in more than 25 languages. He is Senior Research Fellow at Oxford University’s Centre for Eudaimonia and Human Flourishing and founder of the world’s first Empathy Museum. His new book, History for Tomorrow: Inspiration from the Past for the Future of Humanity, will be published in July 2024.

David Van Reybrouck is a historian, archaeologist, and writer. His highly-acclaimed books on colonial history, Congo and Revolusi, have become international bestsellers. His essay Against Elections: The Case for Democracy was translated into over twenty languages and drew praise from former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

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practical info

Date: September 16, 2024
Time: Doors 19:45, start 20:30
Location: TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht
Language: Engels
Regular ticket: €17,50
Student ticket: €13,00

This program is organized in collaboration with TivoliVredenburg.

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