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Respecting the Revolutionaries in Homs

Michael Ignatieff, former leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, and author of Human Rights as Politics and Idolotry, has an essay out calling for intervention in Syria. We should all, he writes, feel shame for abandoning the opposition. The fighters in Homs are holding out now because utter desperation puts them beyond fear. Watching…Read more Respecting the Revolutionaries in Homs Posted on 29 February 2012 | 3:21 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

A Study in Orange

Mixed Media on paper and wood by Shy Abady. This piece currently resides at the Hannah Arendt Center. Posted on 29 February 2012 | 10:15 am

Kierkegaard on Thinking

“People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use. “ -Søren Kierkegaard Click here to visit our Thoughts on Thinking Page. Posted on 28 February 2012 | 11:01 am

Application Deadline Approaches for 2012-2013 Arendt Center Fellows

The Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College announces two post-doctoral fellowships for the 2012-2013 academic year.  Application Deadline: March 8, 2012 The Hannah Arendt Center is offering two separate research and teaching fellowships for the coming year. The first fellowship entails teaching two courses in Bard’s First-Year Seminar Program, the second entails…Read more Application Deadline Approaches for 2012-2013 Arendt Center Fellows Posted on 28 February 2012 | 9:46 am

“Hannah Arendt”, the film

Director, Margarethe von Trotta speaks about the progress being made on her feature film, “Hannah Arendt”. Hannah Arendt and Barbara Sukowa have now merged into one for me, and that is not projection…Of course, it is just an approximation, and yet it is her – her spirit, her intellect, the way she moves and how…Read more “Hannah Arendt”, the film Posted on 27 February 2012 | 3:23 pm

The Arendt Center Welcomes Dr. Thomas Wild

The Hannah Arendt Center is pleased to announce that Thomas Wild, a premiere Hannah Arendt scholar, will be a Research Associate at the Center this coming fall. Wild has been named Assistant Professor of German at Bard College and will begin teaching next semester. Dr. Thomas Wild studied German literature and culture as well as…Read more The Arendt Center Welcomes Dr. Thomas Wild Posted on 27 February 2012 | 2:52 pm

The Sandstorm of Repression

“If this practice [of totalitarianism] is compared with that of tyranny, it seems as if a way had been found to set the desert itself in motion, to let loose a sand storm that could cover all parts of the inhabited earth. The conditions under which we exist today in the field of politics are…Read more The Sandstorm of Repression Posted on 27 February 2012 | 2:22 pm

The Meaning of Life

Three weeks into my seminar on Martin Heidegger’s “Letter on Humanism,” I am once again at that moment when the students are simultaneously exasperated and thrilled by the audacity of Heidegger’s thinking. There is the confusion caused by Heidegger’s re-fashioning of words and his insistence that basic concepts like “person” and “essence” are the products…Read more The Meaning of Life Posted on 24 February 2012 | 2:11 pm

Legislating Memories of Violence

The Constitutional Council, France’s highest court, will soon issue a ruling with significant implications for how we think about free speech, violence, and collective memory. The ruling, due by the end of February, will determine whether French lawmakers can criminalize the denial of the Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire during World War I. Legislation…Read more Legislating Memories of Violence Posted on 24 February 2012 | 11:21 am