Events & Lectures

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

A Poetic Mythology for an Age of Anger? The Furious Construction of Subjectivity in 13th-Century Kabbalah

Nathaniel Berman
Olin, Room 102  4:45 pm – 6:15 pm
In the face of our current “Age of Anger,” Nathaniel Berman turns to the poetic mythology of the Jewish esoteric tradition – replete with tales of the crucial role of fury in the formation of divine, demonic, and human subjectivity.  The Zohar, kabbalah’s central text, declares, “there is anger – and – there is anger”:  foregrounding anger’s often ambivalent role, both igniting destructive hatred and impelling demands for social justice.  Examining Zoharic mythology from rhetorical and psychoanalytic perspectives, Berman shows how it provides a productive language for perennial features of the human condition.

Upcoming Events

Art and Opinion Contest: Sponsored by the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College Wednesday, September 19, 2018 – Tuesday, October 30, 2018
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So Noted: Selections of Marginalia in the Hannah Arendt Library 
Reception: Wednesday, October 10, 4:00–5:30 p.m., Stevenson Library
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 – Wednesday, November 14, 2018
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