Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities

The Mission of the Arendt Center at Bard


The mission of the Center is to foster thinking about problems and crises that reflect the insight and independence that Hannah Arendt brought to bear on political and ethical themes from anti-Semitism and totalitarianism to thoughtless consumerism and lying in politics. On the major issues of our time—from terror and torture to dissent and the environment—the Arendt Center will bring established public intellectuals and young fellows to Bard to try to, as Arendt would have it, comprehend these events. The effort is not to divine what Hannah Arendt would do or say; instead, it is to take Arendt’s singular and much needed approach to political questions as a spur to rigorous, daring, and creative engagement.

Roger Berkowitz
Roger Berkowitz is Associate Professor of Political Studies and Human Rights at Bard College, and Academic Director of the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and the Humanities. He is also the author of "Gift of Science: Leibiniz and the Modern Legal Tradition", as well as co-editor of "Thinking in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt on Ethics and Politics".