Dec 30, 2015

"Why Privacy Matters" Footage Is Now Up on Vimeo!


Dear Valued Supporters,
We're excited to announce that edited footage from our eighth annual fall conference "Why Privacy Matters: What Do We Lose When We Lose Our Privacy?" is now available on our Vimeo account. You can watch all of the panels, including Edward Snowden's keynote on "Why Privacy Matters" and David Brin's talk on The Transparent Society, by accessing our conference's video collection here.

As we wrote earlier this month, your continued support make events like "Why Privacy Matters" possible. We hope that you will make a year-end contribution in support of our exciting plans for 2016. These include:

  • We are continuing the 'The Courage To Be' seminar series, which explores the religious and philosophical foundations of political and moral courage in our age.

  • We are collaborating with the Music Program and the Language & Literature Program to host "A Taste for Chaos: The Hidden Order in the Art of Improvisation". Special Guests include composer George Lewis and Randy Fertel, author of A Taste for Chaos: The Art Of Literary Improvisation. This event features music by Oliver Lake (Black Artist Group) performing with students of the Contemporary Composers Ensemble. It will take place on Monday, February 15, 2016 at the László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building.

  • "Why Privacy Matters" was the first year our fall conference was completely sold out.
    The Hannah Arendt Center will engage in a conversation about the work of political theory in memory of Sheldon S. Wolin with Nicholas Xenos. This event is titled "What is Political Theory?" and will be held on February 18, 2015 in the Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium.

  • We are now preparing our Fall 2016 conference, "How to Talk About Difficult Questions: Race, Sex, and Religion on Campus". While college is a safe space for difficult questions, free and collegiate inquiry rests on rules of civility. We raise our hands to speak, listen to those who disagree, and make sacred the space of collective inquiry. Asking difficult questions in a respectful way structures our search for truths and prepares us for the activity of democratic citizenship. The emergence of the seemingly unbridgeable divides separating republican and democratic truths, black and white truths, male and female truths, secular and religious truths is that nearly all of us are increasingly so committed to the absolute truth of our partial story of reality that we find opposing truth and opposing stories existentially threatening. At a moment when difficult questions are evacuated from public spaces, we must strive to maintain the idea of college and university life as a safe space for difficult and contested thinking. Bringing together academics, business people, artists, and intellectuals, we ask, how can we do so while honoring our unshakable commitment to justice and equality?

Your support is crucial to our ability to continue to further Hannah Arendt's legacy of bold and provocative thinking. Please consider making a year-end contribution to the Center or renewing your membership here

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We hope you have a very thoughtful and provocative holiday season, and we hope to see you at Arendt Center events in 2016.

Thank you again for your support!

Until next time,

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Dec 25, 2015

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!
Here's to a 2016 full of portraiture and programs.
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Happy Holidays! 

From all of us at the National Portrait Gallery, we wish you a very merry holiday season. 

Be sure to visit this photograph of Audra McDonald in our exhibition Eye Pop: The Celebrity Gaze

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Dec 22, 2015

Fucking up in North Carolina

North Carolina Becomes Ninth State With 10 Million or More People, Census Bureau Reports
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North Carolina Becomes Ninth State With 10 Million or More People, Census Bureau Reports

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Dec 18, 2015

Bare Trees, Stubble Fields, First Frost

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Dec 14, 2015

Donald Trump !? Drug test him, scam or not!

Date: Sun, 13 Dec 2015 20:30:31 -0500
Subject: Donald Trump

Welcome to ATTN: Hi there, hope you're having a good weekend.
It wasn't long ago that our free society damaged itself by interning Japanese Americans because they happened to look like the people who bombed Pearl Harbor. Today, history risks repeating itself. Peaceful, decent Muslim Americans are experiencing death threats, hate mail, and violence against their community because extremists have happened to hijack their religion and used it malignantly in the name of terror. In light of the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, Donald Trump, a presidential front-runner, has even called for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States."
President Obama said it best when he cautioned us against this bigotry during his address to the nation last Sunday night. "We cannot turn against one another by letting this fight be defined as a war between America and Islam," he said. "That, too, is what groups like ISIL want. ISIL does not speak for Islam. They are thugs and killers, part of a cult of death, and they account for a tiny fraction of more than a billion Muslims around the world — including millions of patriotic Muslim Americans who reject their hateful ideology."
Do you think Donald Trump's rhetoric is dangerous? Let us know here.
Other stories worth your attention this week:
+ 3 Reasons Why Drug Tests Are a Total Scam
+ We Should All Praise Canada for Their Heartwarming Response to Refugees
+ One Tweet About Daniel Holtzclaw Nails Why It's so Difficult to Hold Cops Accountable
+ Here's the Salary of Millennials in Every State
+ This Map Shows Where America's Hate Groups Live and Operate
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Dec 10, 2015

Dec 8, 2015

THE GOOD OLD DAYS (Tweet log 13 FEB 2009)

These tweets were from my third week on twitter. Long before I learned that if you want to get responses, you'd better address your tweets to people who are currently active. Otherwise, you might as well open your window and shout them out to the surrounding woods and fields.

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