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Truthtelling: Democracy in an Age Without Facts

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Conference Participants

Roger Berkowitz is Academic Director of the Hannah Arendt Center for Ethical and Political Thinking at Bard College. He co-edited for the Arendt Center Thinking in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt on Ethics and Politics. He is the author of The Gift of Science.

Peg Birmingham is Chair of the Philosophy Department at DePaul University. She is the author of Hannah Arendt and Human RightsShe is currently working on a manuscript tentatively titled "A Lying World Order: Deception as a Philosophical and Political Problem."

Matthias Bormuth 
is the author of Lifeconduct in Modern Times. Karl Jaspers and Psychoanalysis as well as many works in German including, Mimesis und Der christliche Gentleman – Erich Auerbach und Karl Löwith.

Leon Botstein
 is President of Bard College and Conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra and the Jerusalem Philharmonic. He is author of Jefferson's Children: Education and The Promise of American Culture, among many other books and CDs. 


Wolfgang Heuer 
is Privatdozent at Otto-Suhr-Institut für politische Wissenschaft at the Freien Universität in Berlin. He is the editor of Hannaharendt.net and author of numerous books, including Couragiertes Handeln.

Jonathan Kay
is the author of Among the Truthers: A Journey Through America's Growing Conspiracist Underground. He is a Managing Editor of Canada’s National Post newspaper, a columnist on the newspaper’s op-ed page, and a regular blogger on the Post’s web site. In addition, he is a contributor to Commentary magazine, the New York Post and Reader’s Digest.

Jerome Kohn 
is Trustee of the Hannah Arendt Bluecher Literary Trust and editor of the following volumes of Arendt's unpublished and uncollected writings: The Promise of PoliticsEssays on Understanding 1930-1954, Responsibility and Judgmentand The Jewish Writings (with Ron Feldman).  

Benjamin Kunkel
is a founding editor of n+1 and the author of the novel Indecision.

Lewis Lapham
is the editor of Lapham's Quarterly and former Editor of Harpers Magazine. He is the author of Theatre of War and Pretensions to Empire: Notes on the Criminal Folly of the Bush Administration.   (Keynote speaker)

Wyatt Mason's 
writing for The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, Harpers has earned him  the National Book Critics Circle Citation for criticism. He is also a Contributing Writer for The New York TImes Magazine and translator of the works of Rimbaud for The Modern Library. 

Walter Russell Mead is James Clarke Chance Professor in Foreign Affairs and the Humanities at Bard College and Editor-at-Large of The American Interest. He is the author of several books, Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How It Changed the World  (2001, winner of the Lionel Gelber Prize and nominated for the 2002 Arthur Ross Book Award); Power, Terror, Peace, and War: America’s Grand Strategy in a World at Risk (2004); God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World (2008).

Naomi Oreskes is Professor of History and Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego. She is also co-author of Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming. (Keynote speaker)

Daniel Rose is Chairman of Rose Associates, Inc., a New York-based real estate organization. He has pursued a career involving a broad range of professional, civic and non-profit activities. Professionally, he has developed such properties as the award-winning Pentagon City complex in Arlington, VA and the One Financial Center office tower in Boston, MA. Mr. Rose was appointed by President Clinton as Vice Chairman of the Baltic-American Enterprise Fund, a U.S.-government-funded organization that for 15 years stimulated free market business activity in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. He is now a Director of the Baltic- American Freedom Foundation, its "legacy" philanthropic foundation. Winner of four national Cicero Speechwriting Awards, he has been awarded Honorary Doctorates in Engineering (Polytechnic University) and in Humane Letters (Long Island University). Mr. Rose has served as "Expert Advisor" to The Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and as "Expert/Consultant" to the Commissioner of Education, U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare; Among his many other awards for a broad range of governmental, philanthropic and cultural activities are the City of New York Mayor’s Award of Honor for Arts and Culture, the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding’s Joseph Papp Racial Harmony Award, the Abyssinian Development Corporation’s Harlem Renaissance Award and the W.E.B. DuBois Award of Harvard’s W.E.B. DuBois Institute.

Zadie Smith is the author of the novels WHITE TEETH,  THE AUTOGRAPH MAN, and ON BEAUTY, which won the Orange Prize for Fiction. She has also edited an anthology of short stories entitled THE BOOK OF OTHER PEOPLE. Her collection of essays CHANGING MY MIND was published in November 2009. She is Harper's book critic and a Professor of Creative Writing at NYU. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Sam Tanenhaus 
is the Editor of The New York Times Book Review. He has also contributed articles to The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, National Review, The New Criterion, The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, Fortune, The American Scholar, Partisan Review, Commentary, Correspondence, and Slate. He is the author of The Death of Conservatism (2009) and Whittaker Chambers: A Biography (1997, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography in 1997, finalist for both the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 1997 and the Pulitzer Prize for Biography in 1998). (Keynote Speaker)

Idith Zertal is Professor of Contemporary History, and an Israeli essayist, currently teaching and researching at the Institute for Jewish Studies, the University of Basel. Zertal is the author of many books and articles on Jewish, Zionist and Israeli history, published in a dozen of languages, including: Lords of the Land: The War Over Israel's Settlements in the Occupied Territories, 1967-2007, and Israel's Holocaust and the Politics of Nationhood. In the last ten years she has written extensively on Hannah Arendt's political thought. Zertal's annotated translation into Hebrew of Arendt's The Origins of Totalitarianism was published in Israel in 2010.