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To Think What We Are Doing, Again…

Today marks the six month anniversary of our “Quote” of the week feature. We’ve had many wonderful scholars participate, and the contributing group continues to grow. However, this week we thought we would pause and look back at our very first “Quote” of the week from September 19, 2011. Aptly, Roger Berkowitz, the Academic Director…Read more To Think What We Are Doing, Again… Posted on 19 March 2012 | 2:15 pm

Maikel Nabil and Peaceful Resistance

What if the meaning of peaceful resistance had to be revisited for the 21st century? Where would you turn to then? Though examples of civil disobedience, conscientious objectors and peaceful protests are by no means rare nowadays, it is necessary to turn to extraordinary events of the kind that attach new meanings to historical circumstances;…Read more Maikel Nabil and Peaceful Resistance Posted on 29 February 2012 | 1:35 pm

And the winners are…

The winners for the Arendt Center’s first thinking challenge have been chosen. The competition was fierce and we received a large number of high quality entries from many countries on four continents. But, these entries stood out to our judges: WINNERS (in alphabetical order): Jacqueline Bao – Click here to read Jackie’s entry, “Whistle-Blowers as Truth…Read more And the winners are… Posted on 17 October 2011 | 10:57 am

Thinking Challenge Submission- Steven Tatum

I would like to conduct a poll: “If you had to describe political life today with one word, what would it be?” My hunch is that popular responses from both sides of the isle might include variations on ideological gridlock, frustration, partisanship, self-interestedness and impotent.  In any case, with the approval ratings of congress at…Read more Thinking Challenge Submission- Steven Tatum Posted on 4 October 2011 | 12:15 pm

Thinking Challenge Excerpt-Katya Lebedev

Truth is necessarily related to responsibility, that is to say that, when one proclaims a fact to be true, one takes a certain amount of responsibility for the statement. Particularly if the proclamation was made in a dispute and the only resolution in sight depends on the outcome of a game of tug-of-war between the…Read more Thinking Challenge Excerpt-Katya Lebedev Posted on 30 September 2011 | 5:40 pm

Thinking Challenge Submission-Katya Lebedev

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Thinking Challenge Excerpt-Perceptions vs. Realities of Remembrances-Veronique Whittaker

On a weekday morning of last week, while listening to National Public Radio, I first encountered the notion of Dignity Therapy. The concept is used by psychiatrists and seeks to soothe those who are dying, to aid them in coping with the realities of their impending death.  The therapy consists of individuals writing the story…Read more Thinking Challenge Excerpt-Perceptions vs. Realities of Remembrances-Veronique Whittaker Posted on 28 September 2011 | 1:51 pm

Thinking Challenge Excerpt-The Voiceless Generation – Emily M. Pascual

The hard reality is that our generation as a whole is under informed and over complacent. The system may be flawed, but the only way to bring about significant change is to engage ourselves in the democratic process. Our generation seems more celebrity obsessed and needs to realize the effects of choosing apathy over engagement,…Read more Thinking Challenge Excerpt-The Voiceless Generation – Emily M. Pascual Posted on 27 September 2011 | 12:23 pm

Thinking Challenge Excerpt – James Hurley

“The “thinking” that politicians suggest we, as individuals are doing today amounts to little more than acting, and, if they have their way, leads to a robotic following. The dignity of truth calls us to political action beyond this stage however. The dignity of truth demands our full participation in the public realm as citizens…Read more Thinking Challenge Excerpt – James Hurley Posted on 22 September 2011 | 12:34 pm

Thinking Challenge Submission Excerpt-So Shut Your Mouths and Open Your Eyes

SO SHUT YOUR MOUTHS AND OPEN YOUR EYES-KELLY MCLAUGHLIN “…What I want from everyone is for them to close their mouths and open their eyes and ears. Because- listen to me!- because the inherent darkness of humanity is not hopelessness: it is hope. Too much of it. I hear you say that that is only…Read more Thinking Challenge Submission Excerpt-So Shut Your Mouths and Open Your Eyes Posted on 12 September 2011 | 12:16 pm