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Video Archives – Peter Beinart Presents ‘The Crisis of Zionism’ (2012)

In this week's Video Archives, we remember a 2012 presentation by Peter Beinart on his book "The Crisis of Zionism." Posted on 11 December 2014 | 10:00 am

Amor Mundi 8/3/14

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on conservatism in the contemporary political environment, wonder whether liberal Zionism has exhausted its options, and wonder about a "crisis in culture" as evident in creative writing. Posted on 4 August 2014 | 12:00 pm

The Radical As the Vanguard of the Status Quo

Roger Berkowitz argues that one-sided perspectives of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict serve to only perpetuate the violence. He then observes how leaders and discussions that shy away from radicalism could begin to forge a middle ground. Posted on 2 August 2014 | 12:02 pm

Amor Mundi 4/20/14

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 4/20/14 Posted on 21 April 2014 | 11:29 pm

Hannah Arendt and Yiddish

“German Jewry, like Western European Jewry in general, never understood that the simple person is the true center of politics in all democratically governed countries. And this is also the reason why German Jews often do not understand the just national aspirations of the Jewish people [folk]. Most do not know at all what a…Read more Hannah Arendt and Yiddish Posted on 18 February 2013 | 11:57 am

History and Freedom

The history of humanity is not a hotel where someone can rent a room whenever it suits him; nor is it a vehicle which we board or get out of at random.  Our past will be for us a burden beneath which we can only collapse for as long as we refuse to understand the…Read more History and Freedom Posted on 17 September 2012 | 9:35 am

Hannah Arendt, Israel, and the Middle East

During a conference organized in her honor in Toronto, Hannah Arendt was asked by Hans Morgenthau, to categorize herself as such: “What are you? Are you a conservative? Are you a liberal? Where is your position in the contemporary possibilities?” Arendt replied: “I don’t know and I’ve never known. And I suppose I never had…Read more Hannah Arendt, Israel, and the Middle East Posted on 8 May 2012 | 11:50 am

Peter Beinart on Zionism

In 2010, Peter Beinart made waves with an essay in The New York Review of Books that laid bare the conflict between the Zionism of the American Jewish establishment and the liberalism of many young American Jews. The key faultline of his essay is this: Among American Jews today, there are a great many Zionists,…Read more Peter Beinart on Zionism Posted on 25 April 2012 | 12:04 pm

An Evening With Deborah Lipstadt

Deborah Lipstadt made waves this year with The Eichmann Trial, her re-evaluation of the trial of Adolf Eichmann that Hannah Arendt wrote about in Eichmann in Jerusalem. Part of Lipstadt’s project is to free the Eichmann trial from Arendt’s interpretation of it, an account that has dominated all subsequent consideration of the trial. Lipstadt also made…Read more An Evening With Deborah Lipstadt Posted on 6 March 2012 | 10:28 am

I Was Just Following Orders…

Our guest blogger is Kristin Lane, a Professor of Psychology at Bard College. She looks at the capricious nature of our intentions. Will we blindly follow orders, no matter the consequence? 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of two crucial turning points in the understanding of human behavior. Adolf Eichmann’s trial for crimes committed during the…Read more I Was Just Following Orders… Posted on 9 November 2011 | 1:32 pm