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The Courage to Be: Penny Gill

Claire Harvey, Stefan Stojanov, and Annah Heckman, HAC student fellows, share their thoughts on Penny Gill's visit for our spring 2017 "Courage to Be" Dinner and Lecture Series. Posted on 21 March 2017 | 4:00 pm

Home, Homelessness, and The Human Condition

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Arendt’s "The Human Condition" forces us to ask the question: What does it means to be at home in the world? Posted on 27 December 2015 | 8:00 pm

Even in Solitude There Are Always Two

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We live our whole lives in plurality--either in public, in private, or in solitude--but even even in solitude, there are always two sides in dialogue. Posted on 6 September 2015 | 8:00 pm

Dismantling the Ivory Tower of Thinking

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Anabella Di Pego discusses Hannah Arendt's call to a mode of thinking that leaves behind the notion of the ivory tower at the end of "The Human Condition". Posted on 14 June 2015 | 11:00 pm

Amor Mundi 11/23/14

In this week's Amor Mundi, we learn about the adverse health effects of loneliness, perceive the inextricable ties between integrity and privacy and how both are threatened in the age of surveillance, lament the overly scholasticized nature of teaching in America, and much more! Posted on 24 November 2014 | 10:30 am

The True American

Anand Giridharadas has written a thoughtful and thrilling new book, The True American. It tells two interlocking stories of Rais Bhuiyan and Mark Stroman. Bhuiyan is a striver, an immigrant from Bangladesh, and a Muslim. Stroman is a drug addict, a charmer, and a Texan who is hateful and broken. Shortly after the attacks on…Read more The True American Posted on 30 May 2014 | 5:59 pm

The Emperor’s New Clothes and Pluralistic Ignorance

“Men who no longer can make sure of the reality which they feel and experience through talking about it and sharing it with their fellow-men, live in the same nightmare of loneliness and uncertainty which, in a normal world, is the terrible fate of insanity.” –Hannah Arendt, “Ideology and Propaganda” Who could forget the story…Read more The Emperor’s New Clothes and Pluralistic Ignorance Posted on 27 May 2014 | 11:01 am

Amor Mundi 2/9/14

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 uncritical acceptance nor contemptuous…Read more Amor Mundi 2/9/14 Posted on 10 February 2014 | 11:54 am

Totalitarianism and the Sand Storm

“If this practice [of totalitarianism] is compared with […] [the desert] of tyranny, it seems as if a way had been found to set the desert itself in motion, to let loose a sand storm that could cover all parts of the inhabited earth. The conditions under which we exist today in the field of…Read more Totalitarianism and the Sand Storm Posted on 3 February 2014 | 9:30 am

Amor Mundi 1/26/14

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 1/26/14 Posted on 28 January 2014 | 12:19 pm