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Book Review by Wyatt Mason

The Hannah Arendt Center’s Senior Fellow, Wyatt Mason, has a book review in the February 6, 2012 issue of The New Yorker. He reviews, The Orphan Master’s Son, a novel about life in totalitarian North Korea penned by Adam Johnson: Intention, significance, purpose: the design of the powerful first part of the novel is full…Read more Book Review by Wyatt Mason Posted on 31 January 2012 | 2:58 pm

Aristotle on Thinking

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” -Aristotle Posted on 31 January 2012 | 11:38 am

Robert Bresson Film Retrospective

Tomorrow begins a comprehensive retrospective of the great filmmaker, Robert Bresson.  All films will be screened on new or archival 35 mm prints with English subtitles (unless otherwise noted). Screenings are free and will be held at the Jim Ottaway Jr. Film Center at Bard College. Click here for a complete schedule, directions and other…Read more Robert Bresson Film Retrospective Posted on 30 January 2012 | 3:00 pm

The Cinematic Jew as Pariah – Lance Strate

“While lack of political sense and persistence in the obsolete system of making charity the basis of national unity have prevented the Jewish people from taking a positive part in the political life of our day, these very qualities, translated into dramatic forms, have inspired one of the most singular products of modern art—the films…Read more The Cinematic Jew as Pariah – Lance Strate Posted on 30 January 2012 | 12:02 pm

Vigilance in the Name of Freedom

I recently was sent the following quotation by Friedrich Hayek, the economist and political thinker. Personally, I find that the most objectionable feature of the conservative attitude is its propensity to reject well-substantiated new knowledge because it dislikes some of the consequences which seem to follow from it – or, to put it bluntly, its…Read more Vigilance in the Name of Freedom Posted on 27 January 2012 | 11:55 am

Rahel Varnhagen in Vermont

Kathleen Jones reading Rahel Varnhagen: The Life of a Jewess in snowy Vermont. Submit your books/library/reading images to arendt@bard.edu. Posted on 26 January 2012 | 1:49 pm

Bearing Witness

A new film, “Five Broken Cameras,” has won praise for doing something as difficult as it is simple: bearing witness. Here is how The New York Times describes the film made by Emad Burnat, a Palestinian Villager who started making his film when he was given a video camera at the birth of his son:…Read more Bearing Witness Posted on 25 January 2012 | 12:14 pm

Legal Doesn’t Make it Right – Jack Blum

Jack Blum, Chair of Tax Justice Network USA, is a longtime friend of the Hannah Arendt Center. He participated in the Center’s 2009 Conference, The Burden of Our Times: The Intellectual Origins of the Financial Crisis. One of the national experts on tax evasion, Jack recently collaborated on the film, “We’re Not Broke,” in which…Read more Legal Doesn’t Make it Right – Jack Blum Posted on 24 January 2012 | 3:16 pm

George Eliot on Thinking

“It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view.” -George Eliot, Middlemarch Posted on 24 January 2012 | 1:44 pm

Mitt Romney, Serving the Private Interest

Governor Mitt Romney released his taxes for the last two years today. He refused to release earlier records. These two years of records are from the years when he knew he was running for President for the second time. We can assume they are to some degree cleansed of the most egregious of offenses. That said:…Read more Mitt Romney, Serving the Private Interest Posted on 24 January 2012 | 9:49 am