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Amor Mundi 05/01/16

We see an Arendtian lens put to the challenges of power and violence in Egypt, the profile of Justus Rosenberg in a recent New York Times piece, a world with both Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump at play, "hyper-empathy" and more in this week's Amor Mundi. Posted on 1 May 2016 | 9:30 pm

Amor Mundi 10/11/15

In our Amor Mundi, we reflect on snobbery and the end of judgment, celebrate Svetlana Alexievich for receiving the Nobel prize in literature, and much more! Posted on 11 October 2015 | 8:01 pm

Amor Mundi 6/21/15

In our Amor Mundi, we identify the recent church shooting in Charleston as a speakable act, reflect on the Pope's views about climate change, and much more. Posted on 21 June 2015 | 8:01 pm

Political Lies: Altering Facts and Rewriting History

Richard A. Barrett discusses how political lies not only skew history but also undermine a political actor's ability to engage with reality. Posted on 9 February 2015 | 10:00 am

The Revolution Will Not Be Institutionalized

Freedom/Break the Mould Artist: Zenos Frudakis
Jeffrey Jurgens discusses Arendt's analysis of the Western tradition of revolution and how revolutionary episodes for her failed to enshrine the people's freedom in lasting institutions. Posted on 27 October 2014 | 10:00 am

Video Archives – “Lying in Politics: Alchemies of Deception” (2011)

Friday, March 5, 2011: “Lying and Politics: Alchemies of Deception” Participants: Roger Hodge, Editor of Harper’s Magazine from 2006-2010 Roger Hodge gave a talk as a part of the Arendt Center’s March 2011 conference: “Lying and Politics.” Hodge focuses his talk on the matter of deception in politics. In his talk, Hodge expresses frustration with…Read more Video Archives – “Lying in Politics: Alchemies of Deception” (2011) Posted on 19 September 2014 | 10:00 am

The Spirit of Revolution

Roger Berkowitz emphasizes the need to restore spaces and possibilities for the experience of freedom, including in democratic states. Posted on 25 August 2014 | 10:00 am

Hiatus, Discontinuity, and Change

“The end of the old is not necessarily the beginning of the new.” Hannah Arendt, The Life of the Mind This is a simple enough statement, and yet it masks a profound truth, one that we often overlook out of the very human tendency to seek consistency and connection, to make order out of the…Read more Hiatus, Discontinuity, and Change Posted on 14 April 2014 | 12:10 pm

Amor Mundi 4/13/14

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 4/13/14 Posted on 14 April 2014 | 10:07 am

Why the Jews?

Anthony Grafton calls David Nirenberg’s Anti-Judaism “one of the saddest stories, and one of the most learned, I have ever read.” Grafton knows that Anti-Judaism “is certainly not the first effort to survey the long grim history of the charges that have been brought against the Jews by their long gray line of self-appointed prosecutors.”…Read more Why the Jews? Posted on 7 March 2014 | 4:43 pm