NEH Seminar: The Movie

It’s been less than a week since I was notified that the NEH seminar for schoolteachers on the political theory of Hannah Arendt will be funded for summer 2016, but I already am at work getting plans in place for next summer’s seminar ..

NEH 2016!!

I learned last week that the NEH seminar on Arendt, which I direct, will be funded for summer of 2016. The dates of the seminar are June 26 2016-July 29 2016. The location will be the beautiful Hudson Valley campus of Bard College, which house..

Education and Ethics: Agency and Love of the World

The question of character and education emerge in the course of our seminar on Arendt exploring the concept of judgment and Arendt’s argument that those who failed to “think for themselves” often became supporters of totalitarianism. In ..

We Refugees

This morning’s New York Times carried a report from United Nations refugee agency. António Guterres, head of the agency, noted with alarm that “the number of people displaced by violent conflict hit the highest level since World War II at..

Eichmann’s Thoughtlessness and Arendt’s Judgment

We are now about four weeks away from the start of my NEH Arendt seminar at Bard College’s Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and the Humanities, when I will join 16 other educator/colleagues from across the country for a summer of schola..

Reading Eichmann in Jerusalem

Fifty years ago, Hannah Arendt published her controversial report on the trial of Nazi deportation commander, Adolf Eichmann: Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil. The book put Arendt at the center of a storm of criticism th..

Welcome NEH Summer Scholars to NEH Arendt 2014

After careful deliberation, my committee members and I selected the 2014 Summer Scholars who will study the political theory of Hannah Arendt under my direction this summer at Bard College’s Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and the Huma..

Reading Eichmann in Jerusalem

There is just about one month left to apply to become a summer scholar in the NEH-funded seminar for schoolteachers that I will direct at Bard College’s Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and the Humanities in 2014 on the political theory of ..

Guest Blog Posts

Each year, I invite present and past summer scholars to reflect on their NEH Arendt Summer Seminar experiences and, if they choose to, submit a blog posting to share with those who visit this web site. I have been behind on posting some of the..

NEWS FLASH!! NEH 2014: Arendt Seminar Funded

I am delighted to report that I received news from the NEH a few days ago that my application to direct the NEH summer seminar on Hannah Arendt’s political theory has been funded. I will be returning to Bard College’s Hannah Arendt..