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Amor Mundi 9/13/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on the state of fear in contemporary America, explore the true societal impact of colleges, and much more! Posted on 13 September 2015 | 8:01 pm

Amor Mundi 8/23/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we muse on what effect trigger warnings might have on college students, reflect on the ways we discuss depression, and much more! Posted on 23 August 2015 | 8:01 pm

Amor Mundi 3/22/15

In our Amor Mundi, we challenge our colleges to make a safe place for dangerous thinking, reflect on the dangers posed by Salafist Jihad, and much more. Posted on 23 March 2015 | 11:30 am

Amor Mundi 3/1/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we wonder whether humans will eventually be replaced by more efficient machines, appeal to Karl Ove Knausgaard in our attempts to understand a uniquely American form of poverty, appreciate Peter Railton's efforts to open up a broader discussion on depression, and much more. Posted on 2 March 2015 | 10:00 am

Violence, Art, and Our Crisis in Culture

Laurie Naranch suggests that people's horror at the violence they witness every day can inspire them to attend to things in the common world. Posted on 15 December 2014 | 10:00 am

Amor Mundi 10/12/14

In this week's Amor Mundi, we recognize Patrick Modiano for his winning the Nobel Prize in Literature, wonder at how few memoirs have been written about the War in Afghanistan when compared to the Iraq War, ask whether big data is the new positivism, and much more! Posted on 13 October 2014 | 11:30 am

The False Culture of Utility

“Culture is being threatened when all worldly objects and things, produced by the present or the past, are treated as mere functions for the life process of society, as though they are there only to fulfill some need, and for this functionalization it is almost irrelevant whether the needs in question are of a high…Read more The False Culture of Utility Posted on 23 September 2013 | 11:57 am

Can We Survive Entertainment?

“The state of affairs, which indeed is equaled nowhere else in the world, can properly be called mass culture; its promoters are neither the masses nor their entertainers, but are those who try to entertain the masses with what once was an authentic object of culture, or to persuade them that Hamlet can be as…Read more Can We Survive Entertainment? Posted on 12 August 2013 | 11:39 am

How it Looks to Think

A.O. Scott gives “Hannah Arendt”, the new film by Margarethe von Trotta a rave in the New York Times today: We may need [Arendt’s] example more than ever. It’s probably too much to hope that Ms. von Trotta and her star, Barbara Sukowa, will do for Arendt what Nora Ephron and Meryl Streep did for…Read more How it Looks to Think Posted on 29 May 2013 | 9:46 am

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