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The Courage to Be: Penny Gill

Claire Harvey, Stefan Stojanov, and Annah Heckman, HAC student fellows, share their thoughts on Penny Gill's visit for our spring 2017 "Courage to Be" Dinner and Lecture Series. Posted on 21 March 2017 | 4:00 pm

Amor Mundi: Hannah Arendt on Totalitarianism

Hannah Arendt on Totalitarianism Roger Berkowitz has been teaching a semester-long course on Hannah Arendt’s The Origins of Totalitarianism for more than a decade. He is currently leading the Hannah Arendt Center’s Virtual Reading Group sessions on the book. In a long essay in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Berkowitz argues that Arendt’s brilliant…Read more Amor Mundi: Hannah Arendt on Totalitarianism Posted on 19 March 2017 | 9:00 am

Amor Mundi: Getting Religion

Getting Religion William Deresiewicz has published a version of the talk he gave at the Hannah Arendt Center’s Fall Conference “Real Talk: Difficult Questions About Race, Sex, and Religion.” Deresiewicz argues that orthodox political correctness is the new religion on campus. “Selective private colleges have become religious schools. The religion in question is not Methodism…Read more Amor Mundi: Getting Religion Posted on 12 March 2017 | 9:00 am

Amor Mundi: How Quickly It Can Happen

How Quickly It Can Happen Timothy Snyder is the latest to remind us “how quickly a modern republic can be transformed into an authoritarian regime.” “On February 27, 1933 the German Parliament building burned, Adolf Hitler rejoiced, and the Nazi era began. Hitler, who had just been named head of a government that was legally…Read more Amor Mundi: How Quickly It Can Happen Posted on 5 March 2017 | 9:00 am

Amor Mundi: February 26th, 2017

For Ted Lowi Theodore J. Lowi died this week. I never met him. He is memorialized here in the Cornell Chronicle and here in the New York Times.* Lowi’s book The End of Liberalism thinks the fact and meaning of the transformation of the United States from a federated republican democracy to a liberal democratic…Read more Amor Mundi: February 26th, 2017 Posted on 26 February 2017 | 9:00 am

Amor Mundi: February 19th, 2017

In Praise of Hypocrisy Masha Gessen rightly cites Hannah Arendt in Gessen’s essay in praise of hypocrisy. “Fascists the world over have gained popularity by calling forth the idea that the world is rotten to the core. In “The Origins of Totalitarianism,” Hannah Arendt described how fascism invites people to “throw off the mask of…Read more Amor Mundi: February 19th, 2017 Posted on 19 February 2017 | 9:00 am

Amor Mundi: February 12th, 2017

The Leader of the Masses Peter Baehr is one of our best Arendt scholars, and his work explicating Arendt’s thinking about totalitarianism is invaluable. In his essay “The Theory of Totalitarian Leadership,” Baehr argues that the totalitarian leader is only comprehensible as a mouthpiece of what Arendt calls the masses. The masses exist in all…Read more Amor Mundi: February 12th, 2017 Posted on 12 February 2017 | 9:00 am

Amor Mundi: February 5th, 2017

Apocalyptic ThinkingThe cover to Steve Bannon’s 2010 film, Generation Zero. David Kaiser writes about his experience being interviewed by Steve Bannon for Bannon’s film Generation Zero, a documentary about the financial crisis. Kaiser is a historian who looks at the moments of crisis in American history, moments that can serve as transformational periods. Kaiser writes…Read more Amor Mundi: February 5th, 2017 Posted on 5 February 2017 | 9:00 am

Amor Mundi: January 29th, 2017

Turning Ourselves Into OutlawsManifest from the SS Guiné, which sailed from Lisbon to NY on May 10, 1941 and arrived in New York on May 22, 1941. Johanna Bluecher (Hannah Arendt) is listed as “wife” after Heinrich Bluecher who is listed as “writer.”   Hannah Arendt arrived in France as a refugee in 1933. After…Read more Amor Mundi: January 29th, 2017 Posted on 29 January 2017 | 9:00 am

Amor Mundi: January 22nd, 2017

Populism and Totalitarianism “Totalitarian politics—far from being simply antisemitic or racist or imperialist or communist—use and abuse their own ideological and political elements until the basis of factual reality, from which the ideologies originally derived their strength and their propaganda value—the reality of class struggle, for instance, or the interest conflict between Jews and their…Read more Amor Mundi: January 22nd, 2017 Posted on 22 January 2017 | 9:00 am