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The Courage to Be: Eyal Press

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HAC student fellow Marisol Dothard recounts Eyal Press's keynote speech, which was the first installment in our "Courage to Be" dinner/lecture series. Posted on 26 March 2015 | 10:00 am

The Arendt Center is Hiring!

The Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College seeks an enthusiastic Program Associate to help grow the Center at an exciting time in its history. The Program Associate would be responsible for working with the Director of the Arendt Center to administer and grow the Center, with the mission to provoke engaged thinking that elevates public…Read more The Arendt Center is Hiring! Posted on 21 March 2014 | 8:55 am


“When the Revolution [sic] devoured its own children like Saturn and was like a gigantic Lava [sic] stream on whose surface the actors were born [sic] along for a while, only to be sucked away by the undertow of an undercurrent mightier than they themselves.” -Hannah Arendt, “Revolutions – Spurious and Genuine” (unpublished) This quote,…Read more Revolutions Posted on 28 October 2013 | 12:25 pm

On MOOCs; and Some Possible Futures for Higher Ed

Barely more than a year old, MITx and edX now dominate discussion about the future of higher education like nothing else I have seen in my time in Cambridge, MA. I have been teaching at MIT for more than 10 years now, and can’t remember any subject touching directly on university life that came even…Read more On MOOCs; and Some Possible Futures for Higher Ed Posted on 4 June 2013 | 12:19 pm

The MOOCs Debate Continues

Thinking stops us. To think is to slow down, even stop, turn around, and reflect. There is that famous scene in the Symposium where Socrates simply stands there in the street for hours, thinking. Barbara Sukowa, in the new film Hannah Arendt, literally smokes saying nothing for minutes on end to offer the exemplary sense…Read more The MOOCs Debate Continues Posted on 17 May 2013 | 2:12 pm

The Destiny of Freedom from Kant to Heidegger

The modern era is the age of the enlightenment, in which man throws off the shackles of religion and tradition and stands on his own feet. And yet it hardly seems as if we are living in the age of freedom. In an age of mass bureaucracy and scientific determinism, we are more wont to…Read more The Destiny of Freedom from Kant to Heidegger Posted on 9 November 2012 | 12:27 pm

Michael Weinman on the Power of Composed Speech

Michael Weinman – “Pedagogy or demagogy: The dangerous dunamis of the rhetor’s art.” Lecture presented by the Arendt Center on the evening of March 27, 2012 Michael Weinman from ECLA of Bard in Berlin spoke Tuesday night and began with a simple claim: “My subject is the power of composed speech.” In order to work out…Read more Michael Weinman on the Power of Composed Speech Posted on 29 March 2012 | 2:07 pm

From the Archives

We want to share an audio treasure from our archives with you: In December of 1968, Hannah Arendt delivered a lecture at Bard College.  Following a climate of student unrest and  protest in the spring of 1968, Arendt spoke on “Power and Violence.” Listen to the “Power and Violence” Lecture audio and subsequent Question and…Read more From the Archives Posted on 16 June 2010 | 9:19 pm