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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