Hannah Arendt Center presents:
The Correspondence of Hannah Arendt and Gershom ScholemWednesday, November 8, 2017 Museum Of Jewish Heritage, NYC
Program 1 of Explaining Evil: A program series sponsored by the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College and the Museum of Jewish HeritageThis event occurred on: Wed. November 8, 7 pm
Gershom Scholem was one of the greatest scholars of Jewish mysticism. Hannah Arendt was one of the most brilliant political thinkers of the 20th century. Scholem and Arendt formed a lifelong friendship anchored first around their mutual friend Walter Benjamin and later by their collaborative work with the Jewish Cultural Reconstruction Committee. Scholem settled in Israel, Arendt in New York, and they carried on a lifelong correspondence. The friends fell out over Arendt’s book Eichmann in Jerusalem, which for Scholem showed an insufficient love for the Jewish people.
Actors will perform a dramatic reading of a selection of the searing and brilliant letters in which Hannah Arendt and Gershom Scholem debate the responsibility of Jewish intellectuals writing about the Holocaust; directed by Jonathan Rosenberg (Artist-in-Residence at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College). The post-reading discussion will also feature Marie Luise Knott from Berlin (Editor of The Correspondence of Hannah Arendt and Gershom Scholem, forthcoming from University of Chicago Press, and Unlearning with Hannah Arendt) in conversation with Professor Roger Berkowitz (Founder and Academic Director, Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College).
Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
Edmond J. Safra Plaza, 36 Battery Place
New York, NY 10280
Please visit mjhnyc.org or call 646-437-4202 for more information on pricing, registration, and full details.
$12 General, $5 Students: Receive $2 off with the following codes (good for 2 tickets per order):
Hannah Arendt Center Members: HAC2017
Bard Staff, Faculty, and Alumni: BC2017
Bard and Bard Early College Students: Free with code BSTU2017