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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 3/31/13

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 3/31/13 Posted on 2 April 2013 | 11:36 am

The House We All Live in

This past weekend I took the time to watch Eugene Jarecki’s new documentary film The House I Live In, which calls passionately and insistently for the U.S. to end its decades-long War on Drugs. Jarecki’s previous documentary work includes The Trials of Henry Kissinger (2002) and Why We Fight (2006), and he is known for…Read more The House We All Live in Posted on 22 January 2013 | 12:33 pm

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

American Criminal Justice, Made in Texas (Part 2)

In my last blog (June 20, 2012), I highlighted a few scholars’ recent efforts to situate current patterns of African American imprisonment within this country’s longer history of racial conflict and subjugation. More specifically, I focused on some of the central claims in Robert Perkinson’s book Texas Tough (2010), which offers a sharp account of…Read more American Criminal Justice, Made in Texas (Part 2) Posted on 10 July 2012 | 12:07 pm