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Video Archives – Lunchtime Talk with Laura Ephraim (February 2011)

In this week's Video Archives, we look back on a Lunchtime Talk former HAC post-doctoral and associate fellow Laura Ephraim delivered in 2011, in which she provides an Arendtian critique of Ray Kurzweil’s writings on ‘the Singularity.’ Posted on 18 December 2014 | 10:00 am

Violence, Art, and Our Crisis in Culture

Laurie Naranch suggests that people's horror at the violence they witness every day can inspire them to attend to things in the common world. Posted on 15 December 2014 | 10:00 am

The Humanities and Common Sense

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Roger Berkowitz observes the unnecessarily specialized nature of humanities scholarship in today's colleges and universities and offers some remarks on how this can be remedied. Posted on 30 August 2014 | 9:53 am

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

Thinking Metaphors

This Quote of the Week post was first published on August 27, 2012. “What connects thinking and poetry [Dichten] is metaphor. In philosophy one calls concept what in poetry [Dichtkunst] is called metaphor. Thinking creates its “concepts” out of the visible, in order to designate the invisible.” -Hannah Arendt, Denktagebuch, vol. 2, p. 728 (August…Read more Thinking Metaphors Posted on 22 April 2013 | 1:15 pm

A Politics of Appearances

“To be alive means to live in a world that preceded one’s own arrival and will survive one’s own departure. On this level of sheer being alive, appearance and disappearance, as they follow upon each other, are the primordial events, which as such mark out time, the time span between birth and death.” -Hannah Arendt,…Read more A Politics of Appearances Posted on 26 November 2012 | 12:20 pm

The Humanities and Common Sense

In this post, academics and university faculty will be criticized. Railing against college professors has become a common pastime, one practiced almost exclusively by those who have been taught and mentored by those whom are now being criticized. It is thus only fair to say upfront that the college education in the United States is,…Read more The Humanities and Common Sense Posted on 10 August 2012 | 1:48 pm

The Intimate World

“What in thinking only occasionally and quasi-metaphorically happens, to retreat from the world of appearances, takes place in aging and dying as an appearance… in this sense thinking is an anticipation of dying (ceasing, ‘to cease to be among men’) just as action in the sense of ‘to make a beginning’ is a repetition of…Read more The Intimate World Posted on 23 July 2012 | 11:30 am

Beirut: Reinventing or Destroying the Public Space?

“The Garden of the Prophet”, Lebanese poet Khalil Gibran’s posthumous book, included the poem “Pity the Nation”, his most famous and that ends with the following stanza: “Pity the nation divided into fragments, each fragment deeming itself a nation.” “Pity the Nation” might well be an eight-stanza history of Lebanon: Fullness of beliefs and emptiness…Read more Beirut: Reinventing or Destroying the Public Space? Posted on 23 May 2012 | 12:33 pm