Hannah Arendt Center Conferences
[The Hannah Arendt Edition Series - Inaugural Lecture - Jerome Kohn: The Work of Art]

Hannah Arendt Center presents:

The Hannah Arendt Edition Series - Inaugural Lecture - Jerome Kohn: The Work of Art

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Olin, Room 204
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
This event occurred on:  Wed. October 19, 6 pm – 8 pm

Lecture by Jerome Kohn (Hannah Arendt Literary Trust; The New School). Discussant: Thomas Bartscherer (Bard College)

In this talk, the work of art is not employed as a synonym for an artwork. One of its references is to what artists do when they make artworks; another is to what spectators do when they preserve – through their apperception – artworks over periods of time. The unprecedented evil of the 20th century, according to Hannah Arendt, has left us with a “broken thread of tradition.” From the point of view of the world – though not of history – every end is a beginning, a beginning whose end is not known in advance. A matter of increasing wonder to Arendt was how and where we can realize a new beginning today. The Work of Art will explore this question in conversation with thinkers such as Plato, Kant, Baudelaire, Benjamin, Rilke, and several eminent visual artworks. In his talk, Jerome Kohn will for the first time present from his unpublished book manuscript “The Work of Art.”

Jerome Kohn is the Trustee of the Hannah Arendt Bluecher Literary Trust. He has published several volumes of Arendt's uncollected and unpublished writing, such as Essays In Understanding, Responsibility and Judgment, The Promise Of Politics, and The Jewish Writings. He is currently preparing a new edition of collected unpublished texts by Hannah Arendt titled Thinking Without Bannisters.

Thomas Bartscherer is Assistant Professor of Humanities at Bard College. He is co-editor of Erotikon: Essay on Eros, Ancient and Modern and Switching Codes: Thinking Through Digital Technology in the Humanities and the Arts. He is currently completing a book titled Toward an Erotics of Tragedy and is co-editor of Arendt’s The Life of the Mind for the forthcoming Critical Edition of Hannah Arendt’s Complete Works.

This event is co-sponsored by the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities, German Studies Program, Literature Program, and by the Philosophy Program

Location: Olin 204 [MAP]
Date: Wednesday, October 19th, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m.

Rsvp not required
Free & open to the Public