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What is a Fact?

What is a fact? Few more thorny questions exist. Consider this, from Hannah Arendt’s essay, “Truth and Politics:” But do facts, independent of opinion and interpretation, exist at all? Have not generations of historians and philosophers of history demonstrated the impossibility of ascertaining facts without interpretation, since they must first be picked out of a…Read more What is a Fact? Posted on 7 December 2012 | 1:23 pm

The Humanity of Shame

One of the great surprises upon arriving at Bard College was meeting Norman Manea. Manea, who was born in Romania, spent four years as a child in a concentration camp, many more as a dissident, and finally relocated to NYC and Bard College. He is a prolific and exciting writer, the author of novels, memoirs and…Read more The Humanity of Shame Posted on 23 March 2012 | 2:49 pm

Arendt Center’s Wyatt Mason, with moving account of Ai Weiwei

Wyatt Mason’s The Danger Artist is currently featured as the #1 “single” on Amazon’s ebook Singles page.  Mason, the Senior Fellow at the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College, traveled to Beijing to learn about the Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei. The Danger Artist is his moving and provocative account. Mason covers Ai Weiwei’s…Read more Arendt Center’s Wyatt Mason, with moving account of Ai Weiwei Posted on 9 January 2012 | 11:11 am

Vaclav Havel, 1936-2011

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Václav Havel yesterday. Havel, the Czech writer, intellectual, and former dissident, was a founder of human rights movements, Chapter 77 and Vons. His outspoken support of these organizations resulted in a decade spent in and out of prison. He was the chief negotiator and instigator in peacefully…Read more Vaclav Havel, 1936-2011 Posted on 19 December 2011 | 10:47 am