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Amor Mundi 4/12/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on the works of Toni Morrison and Claudia Rankine, identify trauma as a powerful corollary of feminism, and much more! Posted on 13 April 2015 | 11:30 am

Emerson’s Thoughts on Thinking: The Blossom of Thought

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American essayist and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson reflects on the budding form of thought in this week's Thoughts on Thinking. Posted on 8 April 2015 | 10:00 am

The Unmaking of Americans: Are There Still American Ideals Worth Fighting For?

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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

National Security and the End of American Exceptionalism

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

Failing Fast: The Educated Citizen in Crisis

On Thursday and Friday Oct. 3-4, the Hannah Arendt Center will host its 6th Annual International Conference, “Failing Fast: The Educated Citizen in Crisis.” At a time of blistering technological and cultural change, reformers want schools to prepare students for the future—but which future? And despite the polarizing polemics over curricular change and the learned arguments…Read more Failing Fast: The Educated Citizen in Crisis Posted on 27 September 2013 | 12:07 pm

Ralph Waldo Emerson on Thinking

A sect or party is an elegant incognito devised to save a man from the vexation of thinking.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson Posted on 29 May 2013 | 10:16 am

The Progeny of Teachers

San Jose State University is experimenting with a program where students pay a reduced fee for online courses run by the private firm Udacity. Teachers and their unions are in retreat across the nation. And groups like Uncollege insist that schools and universities are unnecessary. At a time when teachers are everywhere on the defensive,…Read more The Progeny of Teachers Posted on 16 January 2013 | 10:24 am

Infinitely Intoxicating

Louis Pasteur once wrote: I see everywhere in the world, the inevitable expression of the concept of infinity…. The idea of God is nothing more than one form of the idea of infinity. So long as the mystery of the infinite weighs on the human mind, so long will temples be raised to the cult…Read more Infinitely Intoxicating Posted on 11 January 2013 | 12:38 pm