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The Supreme Court as Truthteller

I spent an exciting day at the College of Arts and Letters at Stevens Institute of Technology. Along with Matthias Bormuth, Morris Kaplan, and our host Michael Steinman, we enjoyed a wide-ranging discussion centering around Hannah Arendt’s essay Truth and Politics, but reaching deep into Arendt’s thinking about law and politics as well. Much of…Read more The Supreme Court as Truthteller Posted on 30 March 2012 | 7:30 pm

Contending with Youth Crime

There has been much attention paid to the arguments before the Supreme Court concerning the 2010 health care law. And such attention is entirely justified, for the upcoming decision will have a decisive impact on the availability and quality of medical care for millions of Americans. But we should not forget another question that has…Read more Contending with Youth Crime Posted on 30 March 2012 | 10:50 am

Michael Weinman on the Power of Composed Speech

Michael Weinman – “Pedagogy or demagogy: The dangerous dunamis of the rhetor’s art.” Lecture presented by the Arendt Center on the evening of March 27, 2012 Michael Weinman from ECLA of Bard in Berlin spoke Tuesday night and began with a simple claim: “My subject is the power of composed speech.” In order to work out…Read more Michael Weinman on the Power of Composed Speech Posted on 29 March 2012 | 2:07 pm

The Art of Reading

“St Catherine of Alexandria Reading a Book” by Onorio Marinari (1627-1715). Posted on 29 March 2012 | 11:31 am

Pensions: The Unraveling Fiction

How big is the pension crisis in the United States? As I wrote last week, The Pew Charitable Trust has issued a report that there is a whopping $1 trillion dollar gap between the pensions promised to state public employees and the money that has been set aside to pay those pensions. But I also…Read more Pensions: The Unraveling Fiction Posted on 28 March 2012 | 10:13 am

The Nation’s War, the War’s Nation

U.S. involvement in twentieth-century warfare has mobilized conceptions of American nationhood in ways that have blurred, affirmed, and redrawn the boundaries of collective belonging in complex ways. That was the central message of Richard Slotkin’s lecture, “The War Bargain: Military Conflict and the Democratization of American Citizenship,” held at Bard College on Thursday, March 22nd.…Read more The Nation’s War, the War’s Nation Posted on 27 March 2012 | 12:13 pm

Fran Lebowitz on Thinking

“Think before you speak. Read before you think. -Fran Lebowitz Posted on 27 March 2012 | 11:21 am

Pensions and Pariahs

My post on the Public Pension Crisis has found an intriguing embrace. It has been taken up with gusto by a series of good government groups who are sounding the alarms about the pension crisis.  I am heartened they responded so favorably to the essay.  Indeed, I have to admit I am pleasantly surprised that…Read more Pensions and Pariahs Posted on 26 March 2012 | 3:59 pm

Some Reflections on Anoka-Hennepin

“And do we intend to have our political battles fought out in the school yards?” —Hannah Arendt, “Reflections on Little Rock” Within the last two years, nine teenage students in Minnesota’s Anoka-Hennepin public school district have committed suicide (and many more have attempted to). The driving force behind this “epidemic” is the persecution, by other…Read more Some Reflections on Anoka-Hennepin Posted on 26 March 2012 | 1:36 pm

Michael Weinman on Aristotle, Rhetoric, & Pedagogy

The Hannah Arendt Center Presents Michael Weinman “Pedagogy or demagogy: The dangerous dunamis of the rhetor’s art.” March 27th, 2012 at 7:00 PM  Olin 102, Bard College Weinman notes: “My subject is the power of composed speech. While it is by no means unusual to note that rhetoric is terribly powerful, I believe you might hear…Read more Michael Weinman on Aristotle, Rhetoric, & Pedagogy Posted on 26 March 2012 | 11:00 am