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Our 100/10 Membership Challenge Ends Tomorrow!

Roger Berkowitz addresses the HAC community as part of the 100/10 membership challenge, which ends Friday, August 1st. Posted on 31 July 2014 | 10:00 am

On Voting

I recently received the following excerpted from a long comment from Justine Parkin, a reader and a recent college graduate from the University of California, at Berkeley. Justine wrote: The question posed in the 2012 Hannah Arendt conference “Does the President matter?” remains on my mind. It is, I think, related to another important question, namely…Read more On Voting Posted on 6 November 2012 | 11:03 am

Asking—and Answering—the Question: Does the President Matter?

The Arendt Center recently completed its fifth annual conference, which revolved this year around the past and present state of the U.S. presidency. I attended most of the proceedings, and the presentations and discussions I witnessed were worthy of close attention. Perhaps above all, the conference sharpened my awareness for the prerogatives, possibilities, and limits…Read more Asking—and Answering—the Question: Does the President Matter? Posted on 2 October 2012 | 2:33 pm

Conference Authors

Books by some of our speakers at last week’s “Does the President Matter?” conference. Posted on 27 September 2012 | 11:27 am

Steve Mazie Ponders, “Does the President Matter?”

Steven Mazie over at Big Think has a good essay reflecting on day one of the Hannah Arendt Center Conference “Does the President Matter? A Conference on the American Age of Political Disrepair.” Mazie looks at three reasons to be skeptical of the claim that the President matters, or that it matters who is elected…Read more Steve Mazie Ponders, “Does the President Matter?” Posted on 26 September 2012 | 3:23 pm

Small, Ugly, and Boring

As the father of an introvert I have been truly grateful for Susan Cain’s recent mission to raise awareness of introversion and also the power of introverts. From her TED Talk to her book, Quiet, Cain has shown that our traditional bias towards extroverts can be both damaging and misguided. While children are prodded and…Read more Small, Ugly, and Boring Posted on 20 September 2012 | 9:39 am

Birthing New Leaders

Asked in July if Occupy Wall Street has been successful, Todd Gitlin—renowned social historian, former President of Students for a Democratic Society, and author most recently of Occupy Nation: The Roots, The Spirit, and the Promise of Occupy Wall Street—responds: “OWS has been successful because we are talking about it. You now see bumper stickers…Read more Birthing New Leaders Posted on 14 September 2012 | 5:11 pm

Abdicating Politics

For those of us who believe that the U.S. and much of the world must make major changes, the presidential election can be little other than frustrating. Neither candidate is expressing a meaningful version of where we ought to go and how we can get there. The result will be that we abdicate our human…Read more Abdicating Politics Posted on 9 September 2012 | 2:00 am

The President’s Failure and His Challenge.

I spoke with my daughter this morning. She is seven. I asked her what she thought of Mitt Romney’s speech. She answered: “Both he and President Obama tell lies simply to get elected.” Now I know she is to some extent parroting what she hears around our dinner table and the playground. But there is…Read more The President’s Failure and His Challenge. Posted on 31 August 2012 | 3:50 pm

Does Paul Ryan Matter? On the Limitations of the Rhetorical Presidency

One week ago this was the most important and yet the most boring election in history. No longer. Ryan’s selection adds a jolt of seriousness and consequentialness to the next 90 days of electioneering. Or at least so we are told. Why? Because Ryan has been, over the last year, one of the very few…Read more Does Paul Ryan Matter? On the Limitations of the Rhetorical Presidency Posted on 13 August 2012 | 2:56 pm