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Amor Mundi 11/22/15

In our Amor Mundi, we reflect on the rhetoric used by student protests, explore the question of the United States accepting Syrian refugees, and more! Posted on 22 November 2015 | 8:01 pm

Amor Mundi 3/30/14

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 3/30/14 Posted on 31 March 2014 | 12:04 pm

The False Culture of Utility

“Culture is being threatened when all worldly objects and things, produced by the present or the past, are treated as mere functions for the life process of society, as though they are there only to fulfill some need, and for this functionalization it is almost irrelevant whether the needs in question are of a high…Read more The False Culture of Utility Posted on 23 September 2013 | 11:57 am

A Reflective Education

It is a new year, not only for Jews celebrating Rosh Hashanah but also for hundreds of thousands of college and university students around the world. As with all new things, there are surprises in store, some glorious and others traumatic. Over at Harvard, they invited Nannerl O. Keohane —past President of Wellesley College—to give the…Read more A Reflective Education Posted on 6 September 2013 | 3:30 pm

The Great Divide

In this week’s Chronicle of Higher Education, Richard D. Kahlenberg lifts (or rips) the band-aid off a wound that has been festering for decades. For much of the 20th century, class animated campus Marxists. Since the 1970s, race and gender have largely supplanted class as the source of youthful protest. But the pendulum is swinging…Read more The Great Divide Posted on 19 February 2013 | 1:17 pm

The “E” Word, Part Two

This Weekend Read is Part Two in “The “E” Word,”  a continuing series on “elitism” in the United States educational system. Read Part One here. Peter Thiel has made headlines offering fellowships to college students who drop out to start a business. One of those Thiel fellows is Dale Stephens, founder of Uncollege. Uncollege advertises…Read more The “E” Word, Part Two Posted on 4 January 2013 | 2:07 pm

Leading a Student Into the World

As long as our world changes so rapidly that children can expect to live very differently than their parents, it is likely that education and child rearing will always be in crisis. This is the first sentence of a senior project I am reading today, the first of many I will read over the next two…Read more Leading a Student Into the World Posted on 4 May 2012 | 4:28 pm

Thinking and Solitude

At a recent conference held at Stanford University, Professor Robert Harrison spoke about the relationship between thinking and solitude in Arendt’s own thought. Harrison rightly argued that the loss of thinking has much to do with the loss of solitude. “Not only in the university, but in society at large, everything conspires to invade the…Read more Thinking and Solitude Posted on 28 June 2010 | 10:00 pm