In this week's Amor Mundi, we discuss several different observers' reactions to the Charlie Hebdo attacks, meditate on the use of satire as a form of political commentary, reflect on the legacy of Ferguson, and much more.
Posted on 12 January 2015 | 11:30 am
In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on the disclosure of the CIA torture report, celebrate those efforts that are dedicated to keeping "forgotten" memories of Chinese history alive, wonder at the influence Fidel Castro may have had on Hannah Arendt, and much more!
Posted on 15 December 2014 | 11:30 am
In this week's Video Archives, we remember a 2012 presentation by Peter Beinart on his book "The Crisis of Zionism."
Posted on 11 December 2014 | 10:00 am
In this week's Weekend Read, in preparation for our upcoming conference, Roger Berkowitz reflects on the decline of American exceptionalism and wonders what American ideas, if any, can inspire Americans to sacrifice and struggle for the common good.
Posted on 4 October 2014 | 10:56 am
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 2/16/14
Posted on 17 February 2014 | 2:43 pm
Back in September, Russian President Vladimir Putin called out President Barack Obama for carrying out a foreign policy based in American exceptionalism. Around the same time conservatives in the GOP argued that President Obama was abandoning American exceptionalism, pushing a secular and even socialist agenda that leads him to apologize for American greatness. According to…Read more National Security and the End of American Exceptionalism
Posted on 14 February 2014 | 5:13 pm
During a conference organized in her honor in Toronto, Hannah Arendt was asked by Hans Morgenthau, to categorize herself as such: “What are you? Are you a conservative? Are you a liberal? Where is your position in the contemporary possibilities?” Arendt replied: “I don’t know and I’ve never known. And I suppose I never had…Read more Hannah Arendt, Israel, and the Middle East
Posted on 8 May 2012 | 11:50 am
This was a busy week at Bard and the Hannah Arendt Center. In addition to two wonderful talks by Thomas Meyer on Leo Strauss and Hannah Arendt, we co-sponsored a great speech by Peter Beinart on his new book The Crisis of Zionism. In addition, Bard played host to a joint Bard-West Point conference on…Read more Should We Justify War?
Posted on 27 April 2012 | 2:50 pm
In 2010, Peter Beinart made waves with an essay in The New York Review of Books that laid bare the conflict between the Zionism of the American Jewish establishment and the liberalism of many young American Jews. The key faultline of his essay is this: Among American Jews today, there are a great many Zionists,…Read more Peter Beinart on Zionism
Posted on 25 April 2012 | 12:04 pm