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A Thinking Space – Elizabeth Young-Bruehl

A talk given at the German Consulate in Toronto on October 24, 2011, to celebrate the opening of an installation of “The Hannah Arendt Denkraum” brought to Toronto from Berlin. Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren, es ist mir eine grosse Freude mit Ihnen hier bei der Eroeffnung des Hannah Arendt Denkraums zu sein und ich…Read more A Thinking Space – Elizabeth Young-Bruehl Posted on 31 October 2011 | 3:05 pm

The Death of a Dictator

An interesting piece by Stephen L. Carter from SF Gate about the death of Qaddafi. Carter discusses the dictator’s death in relation to Arendt’s distinctions concerning revolution. Posted on 30 October 2011 | 12:04 pm

“Truthtelling: Democracy in an Age Without Facts” Conference

The Hannah Arendt Center’s fourth annual conference, “Truthtelling: Democracy in an Age Without Facts” October 28-29, 2011  10:30AM-7:00PM Olin Hall, Bard College On-site registration begins at 9:30 AM each morning. Click here to watch a live simulcast of the conference. Click here to view the conference program. Tweet about the conference to @arendt_center. Post a comment…Read more “Truthtelling: Democracy in an Age Without Facts” Conference Posted on 28 October 2011 | 7:53 am

Tanenhaus on Books that Shaped Conservative Culture

Sam Tanenhaus, editor of The New York Times Book Review, and author of The Death of Conservatism will be giving the keynote address this Saturday at the Hannah Arendt Center conference, Truthtelling: Democracy in an Age Without Facts.  Click here to read an insightful conversation with Tanenhaus in which he discusses five books that shaped conservative culture, including…Read more Tanenhaus on Books that Shaped Conservative Culture Posted on 27 October 2011 | 5:08 pm

“Truth and Politics”-Third Installment

Read the third installment here, pages 52-68. Read the full article at The New Yorker online. Posted on 26 October 2011 | 2:46 pm

The Disenfranchisement of Democracy

Andrew Sullivan has an excellent essay in The Daily Beast about the undeniable allure of the Occupy Wall Street protests, in spite of what he calls “the hippie problem.” As much as there are elements of the protests and the protesters that sound naïve and even coarse, as much as they at times seem out…Read more The Disenfranchisement of Democracy Posted on 26 October 2011 | 11:15 am

Zadie Smith on the truth

Novelist and critic Zadie Smith will be speaking Friday at the Hannah Arendt Center conference “Truthtelling: Democracy in an Age Without Facts.”  In her Rules for Writers published last year in The Guardian, Smith declares, “Tell the truth through whichever veil comes to hand – but tell it. Resign yourself to the lifelong sadness that…Read more Zadie Smith on the truth Posted on 25 October 2011 | 2:29 pm

“Truth and Politics” – Second Installment

“Truth and Politics” – Click here to read installment two, pages 50-52 as we draw closer to the start of “Truthtelling: Democracy in an Age WIthout Facts”. The piece can be read in its entirety at The New Yorker online. Posted on 25 October 2011 | 11:01 am

The Public Life

A life spent entirely in public, in the presence of others, becomes, as we would say, shallow. While it retains its visibility, it loses its quality of rising into sight from some darker ground which must remain hidden if it is not to lose its depth in a very real, non-subjective sense.         …Read more The Public Life Posted on 24 October 2011 | 3:21 pm

“Truth and Politics” – First Installment

We are excitedly preparing for the start of the Arendt Center’s conference, “Truthtelling: Democracy in an Age Without Facts” which begins on Friday. In the spirit of Hannah Arendt and the truth, we thought we would revisit Arendt’s “Truth and Politics”, which appeared in The New Yorker in 1967. We’ll be providing you with an…Read more “Truth and Politics” – First Installment Posted on 24 October 2011 | 10:46 am