The Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and the Humanities at Bard College

The Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and the Humanities at Bard College The HAC at Bard College is an expansive home for thinking about and in the spirit of Hannah Arendt.
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The Arendt Center attempt to shine a light on the untruths and powerlessness of facts that are corroding our politics. Our annual conferences—in conjunction with our lecture series, website, blog, courses, fellowships, and publications—promote thinking that challenges common sense assumptions and gives depth to public understandings. The effort is to provide an intellectual space for thinking that can reframe the questions that form the center of our democracy.

06/02/2020
"I’ve looked forward to these online meetings every Friday" — Gal Beckerman, writing about the Virtual Reading Group in ...
05/20/2020
Partying on Mute, With Your Head in a Book

"I’ve looked forward to these online meetings every Friday" — Gal Beckerman, writing about the Virtual Reading Group in today's New York Times. You can join us too, free during coronavirus.

Join us here: https://hac.bard.edu/. #hannaharendt #bardconnects Bard College The New York Times Books

In lockdown and through our screens, we’re reminded of all that’s special and strange about group reading: a solitary, private act made public.

05/06/2020
Amor Mundi Podcast Special Series, Thinking the Plague: Revitalizing Democracy Through Citizen Assemblies.

Amor Mundi Podcast Special Series, Thinking the Plague: Revitalizing Democracy Through Citizen Assemblies.

This is episode 10, “Revitalizing Democracy Through Citizen Assemblies.” It features the Arendt Center's Founder and Director Roger Berkowitz and Jonas Kunz, co-founder of the Bard Institute for the Revival of Democracy Through Sortition, giving a talk and leading a discussion over Zoom. The tal...

New episode of the Amor Mundi Podcast this week. "The Thrill of Democracy," featuring Founder and Director Roger Berkowi...
04/21/2020

New episode of the Amor Mundi Podcast this week. "The Thrill of Democracy," featuring Founder and Director Roger Berkowitz in conversation with Olivia Guaraldo, a political thinker, Professor of Political Thought, and Director of the Hannah Arendt Center at the University of Verona in Italy.
#hannaharendt #politics #humanities Bard College

Listen Now https://hac.bard.edu/amor-mundi/the-thrill-of-democracy-2020-04-20

04/20/2020
Amor Mundi Podcast Special Series, Thinking the Plague: The Thrill of Democracy

Amor Mundi Podcast Special Series, Thinking the Plague: The Thrill of Democracy

This is episode 7,”The Thrill of Democracy.” It features the Arendt Center's Founder and Director Roger Berkowitz in conversation with Olivia Guaraldo, a political thinker, Professor of Political Thought, and Director of the Hannah Arendt Center at the University of Verona in Italy. Podcast edit...

For this week's edition of #MarginaliaMonday Hannah Arendt annotates in her edition of Alexis de Tocqueville’s “Democrac...
04/13/2020

For this week's edition of #MarginaliaMonday Hannah Arendt annotates in her edition of Alexis de Tocqueville’s “Democracy in America Vol. 2”.

It’s #ShareYourLibrary Tuesday! Share a photo of your library with us and we’ll share them here! #hannaharendt #HAC #Lib...
04/13/2020

It’s #ShareYourLibrary Tuesday! Share a photo of your library with us and we’ll share them here! #hannaharendt #HAC #Library

It’s #MarginaliaMonday! This comes from Arendt’s copy of The Odes of Pindar by Greek lyric poet Pindar. #hannaharendt #m...
04/13/2020

It’s #MarginaliaMonday! This comes from Arendt’s copy of The Odes of Pindar by Greek lyric poet Pindar. #hannaharendt #marginalia #HAC

We at the Hannah Arendt Center mourn the death of Dora Amelan (1920-2020). Dora was a remarkable French Jewish woman who...
04/08/2020

We at the Hannah Arendt Center mourn the death of Dora Amelan (1920-2020). Dora was a remarkable French Jewish woman who worked with the Children’s Aid Society in the French internment camps during WWII, saving scores of children and adults. Dora was the mother of Bjorn Amelan and mother in-law to his partner Bill T. Jones, who has long collaborated with the Hannah Arendt Center and Bard College. Dora passed away this week in Paris, from complications associated with Covid-19.

Bill T. Jones interviewed Dora in 2002 and created through his Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Company an extraordinary work Analogy/Dora: Transmontante. Bill T. Jones and his company performed the work at Bard College sponsored by the Hannah Arendt Center in November, 2017. After the performance Bill, Bjorn, and the company joined Roger Berkowitz, Academic Director of the Hannah Arendt Center, and Bard students for a discussion of Dora’s life, art, activism, and moral and political courage. You can watch the discussion here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgWD6sGzp8w

If ever there was a time to stay connected, it's now. Sign up for the Amor Mundi newsletter and get original thinking an...
03/21/2020

If ever there was a time to stay connected, it's now. Sign up for the Amor Mundi newsletter and get original thinking and writing delivered to your inbox twice a week. #hannaharendt Bard College #BardConnects

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Informal Courage to Be Dinner with guest speaker Kate Ryan, owner of @binnaclebooks in #Beacon NY.
02/21/2020

Informal Courage to Be Dinner with guest speaker Kate Ryan, owner of @binnaclebooks in #Beacon NY.

Bard Center for Civic Engagement
02/11/2020
Bard Center for Civic Engagement

Bard Center for Civic Engagement

"A new network aims to create a much more comprehensive partnership between universities across the world"
#bardcollege #bardimpacts

02/07/2020
Get Amor Mundi delivered to your inbox twice a week! This week, read along with Roger Berkowitz as he looks at Jon Baski...
02/06/2020
The Need to Be Right

Get Amor Mundi delivered to your inbox twice a week! This week, read along with Roger Berkowitz as he looks at Jon Baskin's take on liberal culture. To subscribe for free, visit https://tinyurl.com/y95asvj9

By Roger BerkowitzJon Baskin in The Point identifies a disturbing tone in liberal culture. He recalls Lionel Trilling’s 1947 admission of his “deep distaste for liberal culture.” While Trilling identified with liberalism, he wrote that too often... | Hannah Arendt Center News

They're back and so are we! Welcome to the Hannah Arendt Center in 2020! We can't wait to get started. #boldandprovocati...
01/28/2020

They're back and so are we! Welcome to the Hannah Arendt Center in 2020! We can't wait to get started. #boldandprovocative #hannaharendt #bardcollege #bardimpacts

Call for Proposals: 5th European Liberal Education Student Conference
01/13/2020
Call for Proposals: 5th European Liberal Education Student Conference

Call for Proposals: 5th European Liberal Education Student Conference

On May 14-17, the European Humanities Univesity (EHU) hosts the Fifth European Liberal Education Student Conference (LESC 2020). The conference will gather around 60 participants from all over Europe in order to present their academic and non-academic papers on the role of liberal education in the c

What Questions Should We Be Asking?
12/09/2019
What Questions Should We Be Asking?

What Questions Should We Be Asking?

"Why is Generation Z so anxious?" "Is decolonization a metaphor?" "How do we raise hope?"  These are a few of the questions that the students in The Art of the Question course have pursued this term. In their final performance, st...

The Rural We: Roger Berkowitz
12/06/2019
The Rural We: Roger Berkowitz

The Rural We: Roger Berkowitz

The founder of the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard uses the controversial writer's library to foster meaningful discussion.

Roger giving a talk, "Totalitarianism and Loneliness," in Verona, Italy.
12/05/2019

Roger giving a talk, "Totalitarianism and Loneliness," in Verona, Italy.

Ciclo  di  Seminari  2019-20   "Il  realismo  politico  e  l'impossibile" Seminario Mercoledì    4  dicembre  2019   ore...
12/03/2019

Ciclo di Seminari 2019-20 "Il realismo politico e l'impossibile"

Seminario Mercoledì 4 dicembre 2019 ore 15.15 Aula T.02, Polo Santa Marta, Via Cantarane 24

"Totalitarianism and Loneliness" Prof. Roger Berkowitz Academic Director, Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and the Humanities Bard College, New York

@lbi.newyork @lbinyc #LeoBaeckInstitute #LBI
11/27/2019
Totalitarianism and Loneliness

@lbi.newyork @lbinyc #LeoBaeckInstitute #LBI

By Roger BerkowitzMartha Minow recently spoke accepted the Leo Baeck Medal  at the Leo Baeck Institute on November 19, 2019. Minow describes what she calls “upstanders,” those who stand up to dehumanizing and oppressive systems and have the courage to act against bureaucratized evil...

One man's bid to 'retire from race'
11/05/2019
One man's bid to 'retire from race'

One man's bid to 'retire from race'

Amid the intense national conversation on race and racism, one author joins the fray with a radical idea: “retiring from race.” Thomas Chatterton Williams, the son of a black father and a white mother

Read a thoughtful review of the protest and response at this year's annual conference.
11/01/2019
The Battle at Bard

Read a thoughtful review of the protest and response at this year's annual conference.

A clash of liberalism versus progressivism on campus left Jews in the middle

The Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and the Humanities at Bard College's cover photo
11/01/2019

The Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and the Humanities at Bard College's cover photo

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“Arendt refuses to find him guilty of violating laws, but argues that he must be killed for having done acts that disqualify him from the human community.” -- Roger Berkowitz in our latest edition of #Amormundi Read his new essay “Political Trials” #hannaharendtcenteratbard #bardcollege #hannaharendt https://tinyurl.com/y4jurrvb
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Two Master Classes, performance and tango milonga with Guillermina Quiroga in the same day! And for a great cause! Come out THIS SATURDAY May 18th for a day of tango in support of La Voz magazine, celebrating 15 years of serving the Spanish speaking communities in the Hudson Valley. La Voz and the Bard Tango Program are hosting renowned tango dancer, Guillermina Quiroga to perform, teach and host a tango milonga, or dance party. Quiroga will be accompanied by her longtime dance partner, Mariano Loguidice, for a full day of dance and connection. The Master Classes are designed for all levels. So if you would like to experience learning tango from one of the top dancers in the world, now is your chance! Saturday, May 18th, MPR, Campus Center, Bard College. Master Class I: 11:00AM - 1:00PM $40 Embrace, connection, walking, musicality, skills for social dance Master Class II: 2:00PM - 4:00PM $40 Playing with rhythm, syncopation, traspié in tango and milonga Buy your tickets for Master Class I here and for Master Class II here Milonga 6:30 - midnight $30 6:30 - 7:00 PM La Voz Reception with Eduardo Parra 7:00 - 8:00 PM Beginner Lesson with Chungin Goodstein 8:00 PM - 12:00 AM Milonga, let's dance! 10:00 - 10:30 PM Performance by Guillermina Quiroga and Mariano Logiudice Buy your tickets here Food and non-alcoholic beverages for sale. All proceeds benefit La Voz magazine, celebrating 15 years tinyurl.com/milongalavoz #milongalavoz #lavozmilonga #lavozmagazine #lavozhudsonvalley @lavozhudsonvalley #cultureinthehudsonvalley #culturaenelvalledelhudson #hudsonvalleytango #letscelebrate
"Remembering Rosa Luxemburg" in this weeks edition of Amor Mundi...newsletter of the Hannah Arendt Center I found important...
It would be grand if you could put up Dr. Arendt's essay on Rosa Luxemburg, from the NYRB, even if just for tomorrow. I have "Men in Dark Times" in Spanish and could put up photographs of each page, but it's too bad that so many people could miss it.
This message is to George Soros with relief and overwhelming grateful strength. I am Ann Avery Gardner and I lived at Bard (the cottage by Kapp House, Albee Annex and then Faculty Circle) from 1945 September until June 1959 with one year out to attend Bennington.....I was there when the Hungarian 350 FREE Souls of every background arrived in November..from Camp Kilmer...and my Dad, Cal Avery, opened a clothing "huge" room for all to have whatever and how much they needed. He organized a Christmas Boars' Head Dinner in the Gym and tears of all emotions were flowing with singing of songs in different languages. I taught English at the Speech Lab, jitterbugged to Glen Miller for tossed coins and laughter, lifeguarded at Vassar for the Water Polo Team, befriended Lazlo Bito who stayed and studies and became a fne friend of my Room mate's Husband Balachandran Srinivasin at Columbia P and S in Opthomology (later being Professor there....and in Florida, where lazlo was teaching and practicing...he befriended my Dr. Uncle, Wil Avery, whom brought him in a car pool....oh my what a reunion....I have digressed a bit, but.....from the age of alost 8 until 21, Bard was my home and all of the students my friends...I performed in dance productions and drama performances...all needing a child...and...the summer stock in the Gym at Rebecca Gibbs.....what a dream...studying all of the of those wonderful disciplines all of those years...My Heart is so full, at 81, and living in the US and British Virgin Islands since 1959...I feel so connected still...Bob Bassler is a dear friend and Harvey Fite stayed in my room on Faculty Circle while I was at Bennington for a year. Visiting Bard in 2005 for my 50th Red Hook Reunion...I visited Bard and saw my life again...and felt it...lifeguarding at the pool summers and teaching swimming at the lovely pool by the waterfalls...playing detective when the estate was not Bard's...and loving the pond and little streams for skating in the winter...Dad made us a ski tow from the top of the hill and across the tennis court past the infirmary with a patrol on the road...oh my...Dad came from the American Red Cross as Field Director of the children of Buchenwald when the gates were open and Elie Weisel was one of his boys...(16 years( and a photo of him and his group in beautiful and warm clothes smiling was given to Elie years ago and is in the Museum... I have gone on, and sorry, but my heart is flowing for George and everyone who is touched and loved by Bard and for Bard...Incredible pride...and as a young girl we did a program, "Childrens' Corner" over WXBC.....You all should be so proud of how far you have come..from 350 students when I arrived at 7, almost 8...to now...thanks to so many Caring and Wonderful Friends....I studied...with Gene ERdman, Bill Humphrey, Hanz Bleucher (Hannah's Husband who lived up stairs in Albee Annex from our apartment on the first floor......oh my and I did a show with Steve Viniver, Carl Davis, Ted Tunick (still a friend through mutual friends in Music)....what a fine life and so proud of my heritage...always and.....Love and hugs to you all from me, in the British Virgin Islands (still recovering from Irma) and still teaching Swimming to Older Challenged Souls)...and...I forgot...I taught swimming at Ward Manor Pool.., and was born in 1937 in Rhinebeck...as Dad and Mom were in charge of Leak and Watts Childrens' Home (more difficult children (30) located in Tivoli....and years later back there showing films for the seniors, weekly...oh my what a wonderful ball of yarn...cheers again,,,,,Ann Avery Gardner, MBE...(an award from the Queen for Charitable Fundraising and lots of other things I do and have done....cheers again..all the best and relay our relief and caring for the George Soros.
Here is a brief overview of Hannah Arendt’s Political Thought by David Antonini, at 1000-Word Philosophy: An Introductory Anthology, which your readers might find interesting!