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Hannah Arendt Center presents

What is Politics? A Conference on Hannah Arendt at Villa Aurora

Organized by Villla Aurora in cooperation with The Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College, Annandale on Hudson

Saturday, November 9, 2013 – Sunday, November 10, 2013

[What is Politics? A Conference on Hannah Arendt at Villa Aurora]
The German-Jewish-American thinker Hannah Arendt, born in Hannover, exiled to Paris and later to New York, dedicated her work to the reinvention of the public realm and to freedom in political action. When she died in 1975, The New Yorker wrote in her obituary: “Some days ago Hannah Arendt died, at the age of sixty-nine. We felt a tremor, as if some counterweight to all the world’s unreason and corruption had been removed.”

Arendt, who had learned to think with Martin Heidegger, Plato, Kurt Blumenfeld, Rosa Luxemburg, Immanuel Kant, Rahel Varnhagen, Karl Jaspers and Walter Benjamin was expelled from Germany in 1933 and from Europe in 1940. She found her way into the Anglo-American world through her dialog with thinkers and poets like Henry David Thoreau, Thomas Jefferson, Emily Dickinson and W.H. Auden. 

Today, as in the 1960s, the ideas of this woman philosopher inspire theoretical debates as well as civil political initiatives. There is no claim of a Judeo-European-American symbiosis, but the conference in Villa Aurora will explore the influence of her European-American experience and the particular importance of transcultural exchange in Arendt’s theory of political action.

Location: Los Angeles