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Uday Mehta: Gandhi and Political Truthfulness

“No one,” Hannah Arendt wrote, “has ever doubted that truth and politics are on rather bad terms with each other, and no one, as far as I know, has ever counted truthfulness among the political virtues.” That politics does and also needs deception is an ancient insight. Lies have long been regarded as necessary tools…Read more Uday Mehta: Gandhi and Political Truthfulness Posted on 31 July 2011 | 5:43 am

Math at Bard

From today’s NY Times: Bringing Kids to enjoy summer Math a Bard. At this camp, asking “What kind of math do you like, algebra or geometry?” is considered an appropriate icebreaker, and invoking the newly learned term “the multiplication principle” elicits whoops and high-fives. Posted on 27 July 2011 | 1:22 pm

Lying and Politcs

In June of this year, Americans celebrated a curious anniversary. The Pentagon Papers turned 40. For Hannah Arendt, what struck anyone who would sit down and read the 47 volumes was the “quicksand of lying statements of all sorts, deceptions as well as self-deceptions.” The untruths in the Papers included factual deceptions: Phony body counts…Read more Lying and Politcs Posted on 25 July 2011 | 6:19 pm

Walter Russell Mead and the Need to Think About our Inner Cities

My friend  and Colleague Walter Russell Mead has recently posted an excellent essay to his equally excellent blog Via Meadia. Mead is a good friend of the Arendt Center and he will be speaking at the Hannah Arendt Center’s Fall Conference, Truthtelling: Democracy in an Age Without Facts. Our blog will continue to follow his…Read more Walter Russell Mead and the Need to Think About our Inner Cities Posted on 24 July 2011 | 10:38 pm

Roger Berkowitz on Arendt’s Reading of Imperialism

Roger Berkowitz, Director of the Hannah Arendt Center, lectures to the National Endowment of the Humanities Seminar on Hannah Arendt’s Origins of Totalitarianism. Specifically, his lecture focuses on the first chapter of the Imperialism section of Arendt’s inquiry into the “Burden of Our Times,” as she originally titled the book. The talk moves from Arendt’s…Read more Roger Berkowitz on Arendt’s Reading of Imperialism Posted on 20 July 2011 | 8:06 am

Do The Humanities Teach Us To Be Free

Back on April 12, Arendt Center Senior Fellow Wyatt Mason joined Simon Critichley (New School) and others for a panel asking this eternal question. Sponsored by the Villa-Gillet, the event also includes a dramatic reading of a new English translation of Stefan Zweig’s Schachnovelle, by Roger Grunwald. It is a dramatic beginning to an essential…Read more Do The Humanities Teach Us To Be Free Posted on 19 July 2011 | 6:52 am

Daniel Maier-Katkin Takes on Deborah Lipstadt

You may have heard about or Read Deborah Lipstadt’s new book on The Eichmann Trial. Amidst some powerful storytelling, Lipstadt offers a powerful Zionist reading of the Eichmann trial and, in the process, takes aim at Arendt. She agrees with Arendt’s defense of Israel’s right to hold the trial and agrees with Arendt’s defense of…Read more Daniel Maier-Katkin Takes on Deborah Lipstadt Posted on 10 July 2011 | 1:20 pm