Virtual Reading Group
Hannah Arendt Center members at all levels are eligible to participate in a monthly reading group led by Roger Berkowitz, Director of the Hannah Arendt Center.
In 2017 alone, we completed readings of On Revolution, Between Past and Future, and The Origins of Totalitarianism.
Our current text is titled "Freedom and Politics, a Lecture," from the new collection of essays, Thinking Without a Banister: Essays in Understanding, 1953-1975, available now from Penguin Random House.
Participation is free for Hannah Arendt Center Members and Bard students. For non-members, join the Hannah Arendt Center and receive monthly invitations to participate in our Virtual Reading Group. All meetings are recorded and made available to members following each discussion. View the full schedule and more information on the VRG below.
Our Virtual Reading Group continues with a new collection of Arendt's essays.
Discussions occur every other Friday at 1pm (UTC-4) for 60-90 minutes.The schedule is as follows:
September 14th - "Freedom and Politics, a Lecture” and from Thinking Without a Banister
September 21st - “The Crisis Character of Modern Society,” “Values in Contemporary Society,” “The Possessed,” “Politics and Crime: An Exchange of Letters” from Thinking Without a Banister
October 19th - "Labor, Work, Action” and “On the Human Condition” from Thinking Without a Banister
November 2nd - “Imagination,” “The Archimedean Point,” “Heidegger at Eighty,” “For Martin Heidegger” from Thinking Without a Banister
November 16th - "Is America by Nature a Violent Society?,” “War Crimes and the American Conscience" from Thinking Without a Banister
November 30th - “Hannah Arendt on Hannah Arendt" from Thinking Without a Banister
Periodically, the center will distribute a video introduction to the text by Roger Berkowitz, Founder and Director of the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College. Members will be notified within the VRG email when video introductions are available. Berkowitz specializes in teaching and illuminating the ways Arendt's thinking impacts our present world. In addition to hundreds of essays and articles, Berkowitz is author of The Gift of Science, and editor of Thinking in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt on Ethics and Politics, The Intellectual Origins of the Global Financial Crisis, as well as the recently published Artifacts of Thinking: Reading Hannah Arendt's Denktagebuch. He is the editor of HA: The Journal of the Hannah Arendt Center.
How the Virtual Reading Group Works
Members at all levels may sign up to become part of our monthly Virtual Reading Group. We read one essay or one book at a time and aim to read between 20-50 pages per session. The group moves slowly to allow members to read small bits of text carefully.
- Become a Hannah Arendt Center member to join the Virtual Reading Group.
- Download the BlueJeans app.
- Follow the meeting URL from our weekly email to access the meeting at the scheduled time.
Meetings take place at 1:00 pm UTC-5 on Friday of every other week via the video conferencing platform, BlueJeans. Once you sign up, you'll begin receiving weekly video introductions to the text from our Director, Roger Berkowitz. Following each discussion, the session is saved and recorded, and available to all VRG members. Also, when you become a member and would like to view any of our past sessions, we'll send you links to the recordings! For questions and to enroll in our Virtual Reading Group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Example Virtual Reading Group
Reading History The Virtual Reading Group began with Arendt’s The Human Condition over a 12 month period. We then read and discussed her essay “We Refugees”, along with the entirety of Between Past and Future; "Reflections on Little Rock" from Responsibility and Judgment, Crises of the Republic, and On Revolution. We also completed a 13-week, 10-session series discussing The Origins of Totalitarianism.