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An Arendtian Library – German, English, and Dutch

In this week's Library feature, we appreciate a personal library of Arendt's works submitted by a member of the international Arendt community. Posted on 19 December 2014 | 10:00 am

Video Archives – What Does It Mean To Educate Citizens? (2013)

In this week's Video Archives, we look back at a talk Bard College President Leon Botstein gave on the state of American education at the Hannah Arendt Center's seventh annual conference. Posted on 23 October 2014 | 10:00 am

A Holy Find

In this week's Library feature, we discover a Bible and wonder if Arendt herself owned it. Posted on 26 September 2014 | 10:00 am

Promise and Peril

There is promise and peril in Ukraine. Ukrainians have evicted a corrupt President and embraced democracy. Just today, the Parliament worked towards a new government while citizens listened in on the debates from outside: At the Ukrainian Parliament in Kiev Thursday morning, as legislators debated the confirmation of a new temporary government, hundreds of people…Read more Promise and Peril Posted on 27 February 2014 | 2:42 pm

Hannah Arendt and Yiddish

“German Jewry, like Western European Jewry in general, never understood that the simple person is the true center of politics in all democratically governed countries. And this is also the reason why German Jews often do not understand the just national aspirations of the Jewish people [folk]. Most do not know at all what a…Read more Hannah Arendt and Yiddish Posted on 18 February 2013 | 11:57 am

Hannah Arendt – a film by Margarethe von Trotta.

The new Hannah Arendt bio picture by Margarethe von Trotta has been released in Europe. It will hit theatres in the US in May, although it is making the rounds of festivals now. The good news: “Hannah Arendt” the film is really wonderful. I’ll have more to say about the film at some point soon,…Read more Hannah Arendt – a film by Margarethe von Trotta. Posted on 15 January 2013 | 10:20 am

Remembrance and Gratitude

“We are wont to see friendship solely as a phenomenon of intimacy in which the friends open their hearts to each other unmolested by the world and its demands…Thus it is hard for us to understand the political relevance of friendship…But for the Greeks the essence of friendship consisted in discourse…The converse (in contrast to…Read more Remembrance and Gratitude Posted on 17 December 2012 | 12:38 pm

Flipping Over The Flipped Classroom

There are few more contentious issues in thinking about education today than the place of technology in the classroom. For all of us parents struggling to figure out how to respond to the inevitable request from our children to use the ipad or the iphone—to play Brainquest, of course—there is an obvious trade off: No…Read more Flipping Over The Flipped Classroom Posted on 14 October 2012 | 2:50 pm

Christopher Hitchens on Antisemitism

Christopher Hitchens has died. We and all the world are poorer for the loss. Hitchens was not an Arendt Scholar, but he did deliver the keynote address at the Hannah Arendt Center’s inaugural conference, Thinking in Dark Times, in 2006. I invited Christopher to speak for a few reasons. First, Christopher was constitutionally incapable of…Read more Christopher Hitchens on Antisemitism Posted on 16 December 2011 | 4:29 pm

Production Begins on the film, “Hannah Arendt”

There is a further report on Margarethe von Trotta’s highly anticipated feature film on Hannah Arendt. As reported, Work on a major motion picture – the first to be filmed in Jerusalem – begins on Sunday, as a joint Israeli-German-French crew begin production on the film “Hannah Arendt.” The film is a portrait of the…Read more Production Begins on the film, “Hannah Arendt” Posted on 3 November 2011 | 2:15 pm