The center hosts National Endowment for the Humanities/Hannah Arendt Center Distinguished Visiting Fellow(s) every year. The NEH/HAC Fellow hosts a series of lectures and other events at Bard College. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed on this webpage do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Chiara Ricciardone, PhD and Micah White, PhD
2018 National Endowment for the Humanities/Hannah Arendt Center Distinguished Visiting Fellow
Micah White, PhD is a lifelong social activist known for co-creating Occupy Wall Street, a social movement that spread to 82 countries, while he was an editor of Adbusters magazine. Widely recognized as a pioneer social activism, Esquire named him one of the most influential young thinkers alive today. Micah's first book, The End of Protest: A New Playbook for Revolution, was published in 2016 by Knopf Canada and the German edition, Die Zukunft der Rebellion, will be released in May 2018 by Blumenbar. Micah is the Program Director of Activist Graduate School. Learn more about Micah at micahmwhite.com
Chiara Ricciardone, PhD
Raised in Egypt and Turkey, educated at Swarthmore (BA 2005) and Berkeley (PhD 2017), Chiara Ricciardone’s research interests range widely. Most of her work to date has focused on the ancient Greeks and critical theory; she is particularly fascinated by the political and formal problem that difference poses for human beings, and how it might be possible to think of difference without hierarchy. Sometimes she despairs of knowing anything whatsoever, and then she turns to activism and art. Ricciardone is at work on a book of auto-fiction that suggests the self itself is a fiction, and perhaps no longer a useful one. She currently serves as Provost for the Activist Graduate School. Learn more about Chiara at chiararicciardone.net
HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD: THEORIES AND PRACTICES
At the same time, social change is a constant and complex phenomenon, involving factors both within and beyond human control. Often, an unexamined set of assumptions govern—and limit—our attempts to make change.
This mini-course intends to refresh and expand our thinking about activism by studying four different theories of change: voluntarism, structuralism, subjectivism, and theurgism. We will track these theories through case studies from the ancient Greek as well as the modern world, considering how each practice of protest, civil disobedience or resistance understands the interplay between individual and world, natural and supernatural.
In our final session, students will present campaign proposals that grow out of the course material. These proposals will be integrated into a final presentation for “Civil Disobedience and Citizenship,” the 11th Annual Conference of the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College, October 11-12, 2018. Readings include: Hannah Arendt, Aristotle, Michel Foucault, Leo Tolstoy, Micah White