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Hannah Arendt, Social Constructs, and Seeing the World

Rukaya Al Zayani has shared several images with us of her personal Arendt library and explained how Arendt has influenced her view of the world. Posted on 18 February 2016 | 8:00 pm

Amor Mundi 7/19/15

In our Amor Mundi, we explore some of the questions raised by Harper Lee's "Go Set a Watchman," reflect on our modern information economy, and much more! Posted on 19 July 2015 | 8:01 pm

Amor Mundi 12/7/14

In this week's Amor Mundi, we look into the controversial number of people that are killed each year by police, gain deeper insight into the Nazi Willem Sassen from his daughter, remember the value of being able to think from the perspective of multiple groups, and much more! Posted on 8 December 2014 | 11:30 am

Race, Democracy, and the Constitution

  Looking for scandal, the press is focusing on the apparent conflict between Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Sonia Sotomayor. The controversy began seven years ago before Sotomayor was on the Court, when Roberts wrote, in a decision invalidating a race-based busing program in Seattle, “the way to stop discrimination on the basis of…Read more Race, Democracy, and the Constitution Posted on 26 April 2014 | 3:36 pm

Amor Mundi 4/6/14

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 4/6/14 Posted on 7 April 2014 | 10:03 am

Defining American Democracy Differently

How do our understandings of democracy shape how we imagine racial equality and the means by which it might be achieved? That was the question posed by Maribel Morey at the most recent lunchtime talk at the Arendt Center. Morey is currently a fellow at the New York University School of Law, and she has…Read more Defining American Democracy Differently Posted on 25 October 2012 | 11:36 am

Circumcision and Segregation

A German Court this week declared that circumcision is illegal. The court decided that the time immemorial Jewish law—the mark of a Jewish boy’s covenant with God—is an inhumane act that does “grievous bodily harm” to young Jews and Muslims (the case actually originated when the parents of a four-year-old Muslim boy had him circumcised).…Read more Circumcision and Segregation Posted on 29 June 2012 | 11:01 am

American Criminal Justice – Made in Texas (Part 1)

African Americans were imprisoned at roughly four times the rate of whites in the U.S. at the dawn of the civil rights era. Today it is seven times. How can we explain this persistent—indeed, widening—disparity in rates of incarceration? Are contemporary patterns of imprisonment merely the incidental byproduct of economic restructuring, intensive policing, and stiffer…Read more American Criminal Justice – Made in Texas (Part 1) Posted on 20 June 2012 | 9:25 am