HA Journal

Hannah Arendt's writing continues to delight and inspire, even as she asks us to confront the most haunting questions of our time. The HA Journal embodies the desire to remain true to Arendt’s irreverent, provocative, and vibrant spirit. While HA will solicit and publish new scholarship on Hannah Arendt, the journal seeks above all to publish essays that provoke, surprise, and enlighten as they speak to and about the common world.

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Volume V

Volume 5 of HA: The Journal of the Hannah Arendt Center offers a collection of essays designed to think provocatively on how we speak about the most difficult questions that divide us and why it is important to do so. These essays were originally given as talks at the Arendt Center’s October 2016 conference “Real Talk: Difficult Questions about Race, Sex, and Religion" by noted scholars and humanists including Göran Adamson, Roger Berkowitz, William Deresiewicz, Mary Gaitskill, Janet Halley, Erica Hunt, Greg Lukianoff, Uday Mehta, Deroy Murdock, and Judith Shulevitz. Taken together these essays begin a project of speaking about issues that are too often passed over in awkward silence. Additionally, this volume includes three essays on Donald J. Trump's election as President of the United States. In the aftermath of the election, we asked leading thinkers to think about Trump's victory in light of Arendt's writings. These essays by Roger Berkowitz, Leon Botstein, and Marianne Constable are attempts to do just that. Finally, Volume 5 of HA republishes “Useless Freedom,” an essay by Mary McCarthy adapted from a speech first given at Bard College in 1987.  Collectively, these essays begin to find a language through which a new and more plural conversation on race, sex, and religion might spring forth­­.
 

Archive of Previous Journals

  • Volume I
    Includes 12 essays based on talks originally given at three Hannah Arendt Center Conferences. “Human Being in an Inhuman Age” was held in 2010; “Lying and Politics” and “Truthtelling: Democracy in an Age without Facts” took place in 2011 and are combined here in “Truthtelling.

  • Volume II
    Volume II includes four essays based on talks given at the 2012 Arendt Center Conference, “Does the President Matter? A Conference on the American Age of Political Disrepair.”

  • Volume III
    Volume 3 of HA: The Journal of the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College is a jam-packed double issue. It includes talks and essays given at the Hannah Arendt Center in 2013 and 2014, including at two of our annual conferences, “Failing Fast: The Educated Citizen in Crisis” and “The Unmaking of Americans: Are There Still American Values Worth Fighting For?” The essays manifest the Hannah Arendt Center’s unique approach to thinking about politics today, one inspired by Hannah Arendt’s bold and provocative embrace of the humanist tradition to illuminate pressing political issues.

  • Volume 4 of HA: The Journal of the Hannah Arendt Center draws principally on talks given at the 2015 Hannah Arendt Center Conference, "Does Privacy Matter?” Volume 4 features contributions from Edward Snowden, Robert Litt, David Brin, Ben Wizner and Dr. Anita Allen, among others. As with the three previous issues, readers of the new issue of HA will experience the Hannah Arendt Center’s unique approach to thinking about politics today, inspired by Hannah Arendt’s bold and provocative embrace of the humanist tradition to illuminate pressing political issues.