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


Fall Conference 2013

Featured Speakers

Featured Speakers
Keynote SpeakersFeatured Speakers
  • Elizabeth Beaumont -  Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota, Co-Author of Educating for Democracy and Educating Citizens and the author of the forthcoming book The Civic Constitution.
  • Jonathan Becker - Vice President and Dean for International Affairs and Civic Engagement; Associate Professor of Political Studies; Director, Globalization and International Studies at Bard College.
  • Roger Berkowitz - Associate Professor of Political Studies and Human Rights at Bard College; Academic Director, Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and the Humanities. Author of Gift of Science: Leibiniz and the Modern Legal Tradition, and co-editor of Thinking in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt on Ethics and Politics.
  • Clara Haskell Botstein - Bard College's Director of Early College Strategy; in that role, she helps to strengthen and expand Bard's network of early colleges. Clara has a background in advocacy and policy research and holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor's degree from Princeton University.
  • Maria Sachiko Cecire is Assistant Professor of Literature and Director of Experimental Humanities at Bard College. Her teaching and research interests include media studies, children's culture, medieval literature and its reception, and cultural studies. She is also a filmmaker, and her most recent work includes online documentaries that restage medieval drama for contemporary audiences. She received her doctorate in 2011 from the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.
  • Simone D'Souza - Executive director of the Office of Research, Accountability and Data in the New York City Department of Education. There, she manages work related to New York City's Progress Report and School Survey and the use of accountability and performance data at the Department of Education. She holds a bachelor's degree in political science, philosophy, and economics and master's degrees in education and business administration from the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Michèle Dominy - Vice President and Dean of Bard College; Professor of Anthropology and Author of Calling the Station Home: Place and Identity in New Zealand's High Country
  • Tabetha Ewing - Dean of Studies, Bard High School Early College Manhattan; Associate Professor of History, Bard College
  • Sy Fliegel - President and Gilder Senior Fellow at Center for Educational Innovation – Public Education Association, a NYC non-profit that offers alternatives to traditional schools. A former teacher, assistant principal, and Deputy Superintendant, he is recipient of the Brooke Russell Astor Award from the New York Public Library.
  • Dean Hachamovitch - Corporate vice president in charge of the Internet Explorer team at Microsoft.
  • Shirley Brice Heath -Margery Bailey Professor of English and Dramatic Literature, Emerita and Professor of Linguistics and Anthropology, Emerita Stanford University. She is author of Words at work and play: Three decades in family and community life and the classic Ways with Words: Language, life, and work in communities and classrooms.
  • Max Kenner - Founder and Executive Director of the Bard Prison Initiative. He also serves as Vice President for Institutional Initiatives and Advisor to the President on Public Policy & College Affairs at Bard College. Kenner holds a B.A. from Bard College, where he studied American History.
  • Jerome Kohn - Trustee, Hannah Arendt Bluecher Literary Trust, editor of Arendt's unpublished and uncollected writings: The Promise of Politics, Essays on Understanding 1930-1954, Responsibility and Judgment and The Jewish Writings (with Ron Feldman)
  • Ellen Condliffe Lagemann - Levy Institute Research Professor at Bard College, a Senior Scholar at the Levy Institute, and a Distinguished Fellow at the Bard Prison Initiative. She is author of  An Elusive Science: The Troubling History of Education Research and co-author of What is College For? The Public Purpose of Higher Education.  Former Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
  • Nancy Leonard - Professor of English, director of graduate studies in Literature and director of the Theology program
    at Bard College. Her scholarly interests focus on Continental philosophy, cultural and political theory, and English literature,
    especially Shakespeare
  • Harry Lewis - Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science and the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Computer Science at Harvard University, Author of Excellence Without a Soul: Does Liberal Education Have a Future? He is the former Dean of Harvard College.
  • Paul Marienthal - Dean of Social Action and Director of the Trustee Leader Scholar Program at Bard College.
  • Wyatt Mason- Senior Fellow, Hannah Arendt Center, contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and a contributing editor of Harper's Magazine. His writing also appears in The New York Review of Books, GQ, and The New Yorker.
  • David Nelson - Rabbi; Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion at Bard College
  • Andrew Ng - Professor Computer Science at Stanford University, Director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab, Co-founder of Coursera
  • Erik Reece - Professor of English at the University of Kentucky, author of Lost Mountain: A Year in the Vanishing Wilderness: Radical Strip Mining and the Devastation of Appalachia . Contributor to the forthcoming collection, Leave No Child Inside
  • Jessica Restaino - Associate Professor of English and Director of First-Year Writing at Montclair State University.
  • Will Richardson -Blogger at and author of the TED book Why School? How Education Must Change When Learning and Information Are Everywhere.
  • John Seery - George Irving Thompson Memorial Professor of Government and Professor of Politics at Pomona College, author of America Goes to College and  Too Young to Run? A Proposal for an Age Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
  • Ben Slivka installed the first LAN at Microsoft, created Internet Explorer, predicted the rise of the Web, raised three children, traveled to Japan, India, Germany, Dubai and Doha  was recently a seventh-grader-for-a-day in Harlem and Zürich, and has served as a trustee of Northwestern University since 1998.
  • Dale Stephens - is an American entrepreneur and author and one of the original 24 recipients of the Thiel Fellowship. He is the founder of UnCollege and the author Hacking Your Education.
  • Karen Sullivan - Irma Brandeis Professor of Romance Cultures and Literature; Director, Medieval Studies at Bard College.
  • Nilaja Sun - Actress, Playwright, and Teaching Artist. Her Obie award winning solo piece "No Child..." will be performed at the Conference. In addition to the Obie, "No Child..."won a Lucille Lortel Award, two Outer Critics Circle Awards including the John Gassner Playwriting Award for Outstanding New American Play, a Theatre World Award, the Helen Hayes Award, two NAACP Theatre Awards, and was named the Best One-Person Show at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen.
  • Steven Tatum is graduate of Bard College and Bard's Master of Arts in Teaching Program. He is currently a high school English teacher at Lake Region Union High School in Orleans, VT.
  • James Tooley - James Tooley is professor of education policy at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, where he directs the E. G. West Centre. He is currently chairman of education companies in Ghana (Omega Schools Franchise Ltd) and India (Empathy Learning Systems Pvt Ltd) creating low cost chains of low cost private schools.He is the author of The Beautiful Tree: A Personal Journey Into How the World's Poorest People Are Educating Themselves for which he won the Sir Antony Fisher Memorial Prize.
  • Marina van Zuylen - Professor of French and Comparative Literature; Director, French Studies Program at Bard College
  • Andrew Baruch Wachtel -President of the American University of Central Asia and an Elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the author of Making a Nation, Breaking a Nation: Literature and Cultural Politics in Yugoslavia amongst other books.
  • Thomas Wild - Assistant Professor of German at Bard College, Hannah Arendt Center Research Associate. Among his publications are a monograph on Arendt's relationships with key postwar German writers; an intellectual biography of Arendt; and a edition of poetry by Thomas Brasch. He coedited Arendt's conversations and correspondence with the eminent German historian and political essayist Joachim Fest.