12.02.2006

NYIH symposium: HANNAH ARENDT RIGHT NOW

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Date/Time: 02/12/2006 12:00 am


Dear friends,
Please join us for an amazing symposium entitled HANNAH ARENDT RIGHT NOW, to be held December 2+3, 2006. The information and details are listed below, and attached. This event is free and open to the public, so mark your calendars!
The New York Institute for the Humanities and the Humanities Council at NYU
along with the Hannah Arendt Organization
present
HANNAH ARENDT RIGHT NOW
{a weekend-long symposium exploring
the continuing pertinence of the great émigré political theorist’s thought
a century after her birth}
featuring (among others)
Samantha Power, Azar Nafisi, Walter Mosley, Jonathan Schell,
Margarethe von Trotta, Kanan Makiya, and Anthony Grafton
Saturday/Sunday December 2 and 3, 2006
at the Cantor Film Center, 38 E 8th Street, NYC
The year 2006 is being celebrated around the world as the centennial of the birth of Hannah Arendt, the great German-Jewish émigré political philosopher (1906-75), student of Heidegger and Jaspers, seminal theorist of totalitarianism, controversial chronicler of the Eichmann Trial (and the banality of evil) and of the crises of Vietnam-era America, and uniquely powerful celebrant of thinking and the thoughtful. Paris, Oslo, Berlin, Yale, Bard College, and now, New York City, the town she made her home during the last part of her life and from which her writings and teachings welled out to influence generations of students, activists and citizens, to this day. This day (which is to say the continuing vitality and pertinence of Arendt’s thought for current practitioners) being the focus of the weekend-long symposium the NYIH and the Humanities Council at NYU will be mounting this December 2 and 3rd.
Among the symposium’s participants will be:
–Rony Brauman, founding director emeritus of Medicins Sans Frontiers (Doctors Without
Borders), as well as the writer of the acclaimed film on Adolf Eichmann’s trial, The Specialist.
–Walter Mosley, the celebrated novelist (his latest being Founder’s Son) and author of the
enormously popular Easy Rawlins mystery stories, who first fell in thrall to Arendt while a
Ph.D. candidate in Political Theory at U Mass-Amherst.
–Azar Nafisi, the Iranian author of the best-selling Reading Lolita in Tehran, who is now
director of the SAIS Dialogue Project at the Foreign Policy Institute, Johns Hopkins.
–Samantha Power, who won the 2003 general non-fiction Pulitzer Prize for The Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, currently with the Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard, recently supplied an introduction to the new edition of Arendt’s The Origins of Totalitarianism.
–Jonathan Schell, who has written about Hannah Arendt in virtually all his books, from The
Fate of the Earth to The Unconquerable World, as well as in his columns for The New Yorker and The Nation.
–Margarethe von Trotta, the eminent German director who, along with screenwriter Pam Katz,
is developing a feature film centering on Arendt’s Eichmann in Jerusalem.
–Elisabeth Young-Bruehl, Arendt’s student and biographer (For Love of the World).
–Kanan Makiya, Iraqi exile and democratic activist (author of Republic of Fear and Cruelty
and Silence).
Other participants will include Princeton’s Anthony Grafton, Steve Wassermann (former editor of the LA Times Book Review), Susan Neiman (of the Einstein Forum in Potsdam, Germany) and Siva Vaidhyanathan of NYU’s Steinhardt School.
The sessions will begin both Saturday and Sunday at the Cantor Film Center at 10 a.m.
Saturday’s session will run till 4 p.m. and resume from 7 p.m. through 10 in the evening.
Sunday’s session will conclude at 1 p.m.
Detailed schedules will be posted on the NYIH website, see below.
Sunday evening, December 3rd, a script by Vivian Gornick, based on Between Friends: The
Letters of Hannah Arendt and Mary McCarthy will be performed at the Center for Jewish
History, at 7 pm. (tickets are available at the CJH box office, 16 W.16th Street, 917-606-8200, General Admission: $20, Students/Seniors: $15, www.cjh.org ).
All other events will be free and open to the public on a first come/ first in basis.
Further developments regarding the symposium will be posted at the Institute’s website www.nyu.edu/fas/nyih .
The New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU was established in 1976 for promoting the exchange of ideas between academics, professionals, politicians, diplomats, writers, journalists, musicians, painters, and other artists in New York City-and between all of them and the city. It currently comprises 180 fellows. Throughout the year, the NYIH organizes numerous public events and symposia.

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