foundations of moral and spiritual courage.
What We Do
The Project includes:
- Student fellowships for young scholars working in philosophy, theology, and psychology
- Lectures by internationally renowned experts in diverse fields
- A new series of courses at Bard College titled The Practice of Courage
What We DoThe program asks: how can we encourage moral action in a bureaucratic age? And how can we nurture an inner-sense of spiritual inflexibility at a time when private and inner life are besieged by distraction and conformism? The courage to tell the truth and resist evil is especially difficult in modern, bureaucratic societies where responsibility is divided, dispersed, and displaced. Bureaucracy is the “rule of nobody,” Hannah Arendt argued, by which she meant that bureaucracies allow individuals to blame the “system” and superiors while maintaining the fiction that an individual is simply doing his or her own job. In a world increasingly governed by sprawling bureaucratic organizations, individual responsibility is dulled and moral innocence is a calculated pose.
"Putting Courage at the Centre: Gandhi on Civility, Society and Self-Knowledge" —Uday Mehta
Monday, March 30, 2015 in the Kline Faculty Dining Room at Bard College.
Courage to Be Fellows
This program is made possible by generous grants from the Nathan Cummings Foundation and the Gilder Foundation, Inc.
My name is Misbah Awan and I am currently a third-year BEOP scholar at Bard College.
MISBAH AWANMisbah aspires to graduate with a Psychology degree under the Division of Social Studies in order to further myself into the path of becoming a Special Education teacher. In my down time, I like to listen to podcasts about Islamic-centered topics in regards to spirituality, explore different unknown areas, hang around with a tight circle of friends, read books on liberation movements or personal memoirs, and participate in a self-care routine. Over the summer, I usually travel and intern at the same time. Given all this, I continue to count my blessings. I am very active on campus and would love to make meaningful connections with people who build towards their vision. You can contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions or concerns.
Livy Marie Donahue is a Senior Art History and German Studies joint major.
LIVY MARIE DONAHUEHaving recently returned from a semester abroad in Munich, Germany, Livy is working on her senior thesis on German Expressionist artist Käthe Kollwitz and her representations of motherhood and grief in Post-World War I Germany. Aside from working at the Arendt Center, Livy is a co-leader of CodeRed, an on-campus public health project, and a Writing Fellow at the Learning Commons. When not in class, Livy enjoys being outside, eating well, and spending time with friends.
Isabella Emma Menuez Santana is a junior Human Rights major with a disciplinary focus in political studies.
ISABELLA EMMA MENUEZ SANTANAHer primary academic interests include phenomenology, political theory, law, and art history. Her sophomore year she worked as a Courage To Be Student Fellow, but this year has taken on the role as a Program Fellow. As a Program Fellow, Isabella helps to mentors the Courage To Be fellows and works to bridge the gap between various projects at the Hannah Arendt Center.
Angela Woodack is a sophomore at Bard College who is planning to moderate as a joint-major into Theatre and Performance as well as Political Studies in Spring 2019.
ANGELA WOODACKHer pairing of the contrasting majors is chiefly due to an interest in bolstering the rights of playwrights, directors, and theatrical technicians while seeking stronger equality for LGBT artists. In addition to her studies and recent involvement with the Hannah Arendt Center, she frequently works with the technical crew at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. Her extracurricular pursuits include reading, writing and providing dramaturgical research for her own plays, going on adventures with her friends, and confiding in her older sister.
Emily Walshin is a junior and global and international studies major here at Bard, with an area focus in the Middle East.
EMILY WALSHINThis past semester she participated in the Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program (BGIA) in New York City, and is now excited to be back on campus! Around Bard, you can find her as PC of Oberholzer, a TA at the Bard Children’s Center, and a tutor for the TLS project CultureConnect. Amidst the whirlwind of being a Bard student, she loves to read and live with intention.
I am a junior Film Production and German Studies double major from Vienna, Austria.
APRIL PERIN WOGENBURGThough I am pursuing majors in predominantly creative fields, my interests expand beyond the borders of language and art. Human rights and social justice issues are deeply important to me as well and I hope to one day find or create a career for myself that amalgamates both the political and the creative. When I am not in the library studying, cooking for my friends or on a bike ride I can be found journaling, drawing or doing graphic design work.
While we tend to value courage—Hannah Arendt even called it the highest political virtue—historically the concept has veered from the noble to the dangerous. From Antigone to suicide bombers, courage has been construed as heroic and/or dangerously solipsistic. This series of seminars asks the question: What is the practice of courageous action in the 21st century? Students are required to attend three evening lectures on Mondays from 6-8. There will also be dinner discussions with guest speakers and students from other sections of the College Seminar.
2019 Dinner and Lecture Series
Students enrolled in the Courage To Be College Seminar are required to attend. The Courage To Be Lecture and Dinner series brings students, scholars and experts in diverse fields together to attend to the question of the foundation of moral and spiritual courage in an age when the traditional religious grounds of such courage are said to be weak.
Our 2019 Speaker Series includes:
Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition
"Whoever entered the political realm had first to be ready to risk his life, and too great a love for life obstructed freedom, was a sure sign of slavishness. Courage therefore became the political virtue par excellence, and only those men who possessed it could be admitted to a fellowship that was political in content and purpose and thereby transcended the mere togetherness imposed on all—slaves, barbarians, and Greeks alike—through the urgencies of life."