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The Webcast Link for Our 2014 Fall Conference Is Now Live!

The Hannah Arendt Center announces that the webcast link for its upcoming fall conference is now live! Posted on 7 October 2014 | 10:00 am

Why the President Matters in the 21st Century-Mateus Baptista

We face a challenge of leadership; there is a void in our body politics that remains to be filled. First, expectations of the president need to re-evaluated. The public’s perception of the president is unrealistic and inflated. A CBS News/New York Times poll in March 2012 reported that 54% of people believe the president “can…Read more Why the President Matters in the 21st Century-Mateus Baptista Posted on 4 September 2012 | 12:38 pm

Does the President Matter?

Does the President Matter? Consider this quotation from Jurek Martin in today’s Financial times: Barack Obama and Mitt Romney may speak, sometimes even to real audiences but more often to fat cat fundraisers, but their words fall on deaf ears if not empty wallets. Lots of people speak for them, in the strange languages known…Read more Does the President Matter? Posted on 19 July 2012 | 9:58 am

And the winners are…

The winners for the Arendt Center’s first thinking challenge have been chosen. The competition was fierce and we received a large number of high quality entries from many countries on four continents. But, these entries stood out to our judges: WINNERS (in alphabetical order): Jacqueline Bao – Click here to read Jackie’s entry, “Whistle-Blowers as Truth…Read more And the winners are… Posted on 17 October 2011 | 10:57 am

Thinking Challenge Submission – Anonymous

Just picturing, imagining realistically the future of “democracy in an age without fact”, two strong, surging, upwelling feelings come to me. The first is an anxiety provoking grief, the feeling of being lost. The second, coming from under the first, behind it but driven more powerfully, is a complex vision of a better world, an…Read more Thinking Challenge Submission – Anonymous Posted on 12 October 2011 | 10:39 am

“Mis Mentiras” – Andres Martinez de Velasco & Loretta Lopez

Statement of Purpose Mis Mentiras is a colaborative project built upon communication. Loretta wrote the poem in Spanish and as she searched for an accurate English version of her words, Andrés composed music for the Spanish version. Andrés’ music does not explain the poem, it investigates its core and expresses it as a reaction. His…Read more “Mis Mentiras” – Andres Martinez de Velasco & Loretta Lopez Posted on 5 October 2011 | 11:18 am

Truth-telling in the Age of Opinion-Laurel Harig

In the age of rapid- response media, truths are deployed like hard drives, consumed and then over-written by newer, faster, more expedient truths. We want instant insight and commentary, not hard- won wisdom. Contemporary journalism in the United States is broken when there is no culture of analysis to support it, when pundits offer pre-packaged…Read more Truth-telling in the Age of Opinion-Laurel Harig Posted on 5 October 2011 | 11:08 am

The Light of the World – Ali Mctar

Posted on 4 October 2011 | 5:31 pm

The Truth Within the Fact in the Context of Politics-Blagovesta Atanassova

“The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists.”   Hannah Arendt, “Origins of Totalitarianism” What is truth? Is there such a thing as a universal truth or is truth something that is…Read more The Truth Within the Fact in the Context of Politics-Blagovesta Atanassova Posted on 4 October 2011 | 5:22 pm

A Show About Nothing: Addressing the Lack of Objectivity in the US-Pak Relationship – Saim Saeed

Within the context of the chronically unhinged US-Pak relationship, truth seems to have a Holy Grail-like existence, a perpetual not-being. Every aspect of this relationship seems to be based on projected motives, half-truths, distrust, covert missions, divergent interests and blatant lies. I’ll lay out the perceived truths of the matter. America thinks: Pakistan is obsessed…Read more A Show About Nothing: Addressing the Lack of Objectivity in the US-Pak Relationship – Saim Saeed Posted on 4 October 2011 | 3:22 pm