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Amor Mundi 04/17/16

In this week's Amor Mundi, we hear from Yale professor Seyla Benhabib on the European Refugee Crisis, Maurice Chammah's recounting of his father's short trip back to Syria in the 1970s as mizrahi and an emigre to the United States, reflections on David Foster Wallace, William Shakespeare and Miguel Cervantes, and more... Posted on 17 April 2016 | 10:00 pm

The Politics of Kafka

Arendt reconstructs from Kafka's work a writer inspired by a world “in which the actions of man depend on nothing but himself and his spontaneity.” Posted on 22 November 2015 | 8:00 pm

Amor Mundi 1/18/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we recognize the need for us to resist all kinds of political and religious extremism, reflect on the dangers of artistic license when it comes to distorting historical facts, realize the political and cultural value of local diners, and much more. Posted on 19 January 2015 | 11:30 am

Amor Mundi 9/28/14

This week in our Amor Mundi, we explore why distrust in America's institutions is so prevalent, look to understand "nudging" as social policy, dig deeper into the relationship between madness and creativity, and much more! Posted on 29 September 2014 | 11:30 am

Amor Mundi 5/11/14

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 5/11/14 Posted on 12 May 2014 | 11:55 am

Amor Mundi 1/26/14

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 1/26/14 Posted on 28 January 2014 | 12:19 pm

Loneliness and Expansive Writing

In The Origins of Totalitarianism, Hannah Arendt asks after the “elements” of totalitarianism, those fundamental building blocks that made possible an altogether new and horrific form of government. The two structural elements she locates are the emergence of a new ideological form of Antisemitism and the rise of transnational imperialist movements, which gives the structure…Read more Loneliness and Expansive Writing Posted on 24 January 2014 | 12:27 pm

Water and Desert: Perspectives in Education

For two years I taught literature, reading and writing at a public university in one of New York City’s outer Boroughs. Of course having come out of a liberal arts “thinking” institution what I really thought (maybe hoped) I was teaching was new perspectives. Ironically, the challenge that most struck me was not administrative, nor…Read more Water and Desert: Perspectives in Education Posted on 27 March 2013 | 10:11 am

David Foster Wallace on Thinking

“Learning  how to think really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think.” -David Foster Wallace Posted on 8 January 2013 | 11:05 am

The Courage to Lead

Since our recent weekend read from Roberto Unger regarding the upcoming presidential election is generating so much discussion, we thought we would re-run this “Quote” of the week from Roger Berkowitz that was originally posted in February.  “The Courage to Lead” seemed an apt follow up . “Whoever entered the political realm had first to…Read more The Courage to Lead Posted on 25 June 2012 | 12:47 pm