A place for bold and risky thinking
The Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College is the world's most expansive home for bold and risky humanities thinking about our political world inspired by the spirit of Hannah Arendt, the leading thinker of politics and active citizenship in the modern era.
Amor Mundi and the Virtual Reading Group
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EST/GMT-5 Online Event
A Workshop to Revitalize Democracy
5:00 pm – 10:00 am EDT/GMT-4 Olin Hall
Rage and Reason: Democracy Under the Tyranny of Social Media
10:00 am – 6:00 pm EDT/GMT-4 Olin Hall
Hannah Arendt is a thinker who insists that we make distinctions. One of Arendt’s most controversial distinctions is that between racism and what she alternatively will call “race thinking” in The Origins of Totalitarianism, and then "prejudice" in many of her later essays. In the wake of the shooting in Buffalo last week, John McWhorter made his own distinctions while trying to understand the place of racism in U.S. society. McWhorter argues that we use the word racism today to mean too many things. He states that we need to distinguish between different aspects of what we call racism in order to think more clearly about the problems and prevent such tragedies as the shooting in Buffalo.