About the Forum
A premise of Arendtian thinking is an embrace of plurality. Plurality is the condition of speech and action by which we appear to others as ourselves in the world. Plurality is the fact that people live in their own way, worship different gods, pursue different ideals, and associate with different people. Amidst such plurality, political life is where we come together in common, embracing what unites us amidst our differences. Plurality is thus a condition of politics, since politics is a discussion amongst a plurality of individuals with different opinions, not a search for a single truth. To do away with plurality would be to do away with the public realm of politics altogether.
Mark Williams Jr. ’18 is a recent graduate of Bard College, majoring in Anthropology and concentrating in Global Public Health, and current graduate student at Teachers College, Columbia University in Community Health Education. As the founder of the Tough Talks Lecture Series he is now the Program Manager for the Campus Plurality Forum, where he supervises a dedicated team of students who are committed to the cultivation of fierce, frank, and open dialogue on Bard’s campus and throughout its network. As Program Manager he is responsible for oversight of the student fellows, logistical planning of events, and development of programming and fundraising material.