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Happy New Year!

“Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow: The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true.” -Alfred Lord Tennyson Happy 2012 from the Hannah Arendt Center! Posted on 31 December 2011 | 4:20 pm

Christmas Library

  Merry Christmas from the Hannah Arendt Center! Submit you book/reading/library related images to arendt@bard.edu Posted on 24 December 2011 | 3:37 pm

Vaclav Havel’s Endless Spring

  I first encountered Vaclav Havel’s work in college. Later, he was a constant presence during my trip through the former states of Eastern Europe in the summer of 1990. The Velvet Revolution was our inspiration, not only for what it achieved in Czechoslovakia, but also for what it promised in the West: a restoration…Read more Vaclav Havel’s Endless Spring Posted on 23 December 2011 | 1:14 pm

Martin Luther King on Thinking

“Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.” -Martin Luther King Visit our thoughts on thinking Page here. Posted on 23 December 2011 | 9:44 am

The Occupy Movement – Visualizing Change

Occupy Wall Street is, on one important level, a movement of signs. I mean this quite literally. Handmade signs with witty epigrams, pithy epithets, and heartfelt emotions took root in Zuccotti Park and blossomed on the web. The signs are not simply the old-fashioned placards of protests past. Rather, the signs proliferated in large measure specifically…Read more The Occupy Movement – Visualizing Change Posted on 21 December 2011 | 1:52 pm

Happy Chanukah

Happy Chanukah from the Hannah Arendt Center! Submit your photos of books, your library, you reading, anything book related, to arendt@bard.edu. Posted on 20 December 2011 | 3:35 pm

On Facts (For Elisabeth Young-Bruehl)-Patchen Markell

“Conceptually, we may call truth what we cannot change; metaphorically, it is the ground on which we stand and the sky that stretches above us.” — Hannah Arendt, “Truth and Politics” I spent December 2 in Greencastle, Indiana, talking about politics, political theory, and the life and work of Hannah Arendt at DePauw University.  Over…Read more On Facts (For Elisabeth Young-Bruehl)-Patchen Markell Posted on 19 December 2011 | 2:27 pm

Vaclav Havel, 1936-2011

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Václav Havel yesterday. Havel, the Czech writer, intellectual, and former dissident, was a founder of human rights movements, Chapter 77 and Vons. His outspoken support of these organizations resulted in a decade spent in and out of prison. He was the chief negotiator and instigator in peacefully…Read more Vaclav Havel, 1936-2011 Posted on 19 December 2011 | 10:47 am

Christopher Hitchens on Antisemitism

Christopher Hitchens has died. We and all the world are poorer for the loss. Hitchens was not an Arendt Scholar, but he did deliver the keynote address at the Hannah Arendt Center’s inaugural conference, Thinking in Dark Times, in 2006. I invited Christopher to speak for a few reasons. First, Christopher was constitutionally incapable of…Read more Christopher Hitchens on Antisemitism Posted on 16 December 2011 | 4:29 pm

Christopher Hitchens, 1949-2011

   It is with heavy hearts that we learned of the passing of Christopher Hitchens. Hitchens, 62, had been battling esophageal cancer for the past year and a half. The opinionated, iconoclastic, masterful writer continued working until the end, penning poignant and candid essays chronicling his illness. We raise our glass to you, Christopher. You…Read more Christopher Hitchens, 1949-2011 Posted on 16 December 2011 | 1:05 pm