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Amor Mundi 7/12/15

In our Amor Mundi, we reflect on the exceptional place the black church holds in American culture, discuss the importance of encryption, and much more! Posted on 12 July 2015 | 8:01 pm

Amor Mundi 4/6/14

Hannah Arendt considered calling her magnum opus Amor Mundi: Love of the World. Instead, she settled upon The Human Condition. What is most difficult, Arendt writes, is to love the world as it is, with all the evil and suffering in it. And yet she came to do just that. Loving the world means neither…Read more Amor Mundi 4/6/14 Posted on 7 April 2014 | 10:03 am

Hannah Arendt Strasse

Bard Student  Pauline Chalamet in Berlin. Posted on 15 January 2014 | 10:14 am

Amor Mundi 1/12/14

Hannah Arendt considered calling her magnum opus Amor Mundi: Love of the World. Instead, she settled upon The Human Condition. What is most difficult, Arendt writes, is to love the world as it is, with all the evil and suffering in it. And yet she came to do just that. Loving the world means neither…Read more Amor Mundi 1/12/14 Posted on 13 January 2014 | 1:09 pm

Contesting Statelessness

“The conception of human rights, based upon the assumed existence of a human being as such, broke down the very moment when those who professed to believe in it were for the first time confronted with people who had indeed lost all other qualities and specific relationships—except that they were still human” (The Origins of…Read more Contesting Statelessness Posted on 13 August 2013 | 11:02 am

The Splintering of Culture

The Arendt Center is on vacation this week. We will be back next week. Enjoy one of our more popular weekend reads from the archives. Earlier this month I attended a lecture by Matthias Lilienthal, the former artistic director of Hebbel am Ufer (HAU). HAU as it is affectionately known in Berlin is an organization…Read more The Splintering of Culture Posted on 9 August 2013 | 3:53 pm

A Letter from Roger Berkowitz

Dear friend, Have you seen “Hannah Arendt,” the critically acclaimed film by Margarethe von Trotta? It has spurred a storm of commentary, including my recent essays in the New York Times and the Paris Review. The best reaction to the film is to re-read Eichmann in Jerusalem itself, the powerful book about the trial of…Read more A Letter from Roger Berkowitz Posted on 22 July 2013 | 12:29 pm

Excerpts from the Sassen Papers

In response to the my essay on “Misreading ‘Eichmann in Jerusalem,” I have been asked repeatedly how to access the Sassen papers, the more than 1,300 pages of memoir and interview transcripts that Eichmann produced while he was in Argentina. The first answer is simple: Read the two issues of Life magazine from November 28…Read more Excerpts from the Sassen Papers Posted on 12 July 2013 | 2:22 pm

Amor Mundi 3/17/13

Hannah Arendt considered calling her magnum opus Amor Mundi: Love of the World. Instead, she settled upon The Human Condition. What is most difficult, Arendt writes, is to love the world as it is, with all the evil and suffering in it. And yet she came to do just that. Loving the world means neither uncritical acceptance nor contemptuous…Read more Amor Mundi 3/17/13 Posted on 18 March 2013 | 2:09 pm

East Side Gallery

We commonly assume that political acts and claims are shaped by some form of reasoning. How then do we respond to political stands in which arguments are piled atop arguments in contradictory ways, and where the force of the various arguments is less important than victory? We see in political discourse a definite willingness to…Read more East Side Gallery Posted on 13 March 2013 | 2:24 pm