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Should We Be Humble?

What we overlook in the shadow of the humble man are the ways in which humility might threaten our most fundamental notions of justice. Posted on 9 August 2015 | 8:00 pm

Death and the Public Realm

Scholar Lance Strate discusses Arendt's remarks on the loss of the public realm and explains how this unique kind of environment relates to immortality and writing. Posted on 28 July 2014 | 10:30 am

Death and the Public Realm

“There is perhaps no clearer testimony to the loss of the public realm in the modern age than the almost complete loss of authentic concern with immortality, a loss somewhat overshadowed by the simultaneous loss of the metaphysical concern with eternity.” -Hannah Arendt,  The Human Condition, Hannah Arendt was one of the first to remark…Read more Death and the Public Realm Posted on 13 May 2013 | 11:05 am

Water and Desert: Perspectives in Education

For two years I taught literature, reading and writing at a public university in one of New York City’s outer Boroughs. Of course having come out of a liberal arts “thinking” institution what I really thought (maybe hoped) I was teaching was new perspectives. Ironically, the challenge that most struck me was not administrative, nor…Read more Water and Desert: Perspectives in Education Posted on 27 March 2013 | 10:11 am

Between Shadow and Light

One of my favorite images in Arendt’s writings comes not from Arendt herself, but her citation of the poem “Magic” by Rainer Maria Rilke. Rilke’s poem reads (in an approximate translation): From indescribable transformation originate Amazing shapes. Feel! Trust! We suffer often: To ashes turn our flames; Yet art can set on fire the dust.…Read more Between Shadow and Light Posted on 25 May 2012 | 9:50 am