On a recent posting on the New York Times’ Room for Debate, Bahey eldin Hassan, director of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, wrote the following: “The Tunisian revolution and the continuing Egyptian demonstrations show tha..
“And even if Jews were to win the war…[t]he ‘victorious’ Jews would live surrounded by an entirely hostile Arab population, secluded inside ever-threatened borders, absorbed with physical self-defense to a degree that would submerg..
In the summer of 1970, Hannah Arendt was interviewed by Adelbert Reif, a German writer, who asked her to expand on comments she had made in On Violence about the revolutionary student movements of the 1960s. Her remarks, published in Crises of..
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..
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 ..
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..
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..
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..
(This posting is a reprint from my original blog entry on the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College’s web site, published on September 20, 2015) “The calamity of the rightless is not that they are deprived of life, liberty, and the purs..
A recent NYTimes Book Review carried reviews of three new books with relevance for the themes of the Arendt seminar. Phillippe Sands’ East West Street: On the Origins of ‘Genocide’ and “Crimes Against Humanity,’” explores the devel..