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

Conferences

Fall Conference 2012

Thinking Challenge

For our Second Annual Thinking Challenge, 

We Challenge You to Answer the Question, 

"How Might the President Matter in the 21st Century?"

Thinking Challenge


Submit a 1,500 word (maximum) multi-media blog post (must include images or links to video or music),  five minute video, or multi-media piece which addresses the question, "How might the president matter in the 21st century?"

Winning entries will address the following questions: How does the President matter when political lies as well as political truths are no longer compelling? In what sense can we still talk about political leadership when the pillars of truth are seen to be meaningless trivialities? Where will real, unifying political action come from? Where might we find leaders who, in the words of David Foster Wallace, “help us overcome the limitations of our own individual laziness and selfishness and weakness and fear and get us to do better, harder things than we can get ourselves to do on our own”? What, in other words, would it mean for a president to matter?

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