Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities

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?"

INSPIRED BY
THE HANNAH ARENDT CENTER
FIFTH ANNUAL FALL CONFERENCE
SEPTEMBER 21-22, 2012

DOES THE PRESIDENT MATTER?

A CONFERENCE ON THE AMERICAN AGE OF POLITICAL DISREPAIR

READ ABOUT THE INSPIRATION FOR THIS CHALLENGE HERE.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CONFERENCE HERE.

LEARN MORE ABOUT LAST YEAR'S THINKING CHALLENGE HERE.

BECOME A MEMBER OF THE HANNAH ARENDT CENTER HERE.

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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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Submission deadline is September 1, 2012 at 11:59 PM, EST

Submissions should be sent to bhollenb@bard.edu

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We will choose five winners:

**One American high school student

**One high school student from outside the U.S.

**Two college students

**The strongest submission which meets the eligibility requirements.

All five winners will receive $500,  an Arendt Center Award for Excellence in Political Thinking, and a copy of the newly released The IDEA Guide to the 2012 US Presidential Debates.

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The two  college student winners will be featured on a panel at our fifth annual conference on September 21-22, 2012 (domestic travel and lodging included.)

The  winning submissions will be featured on the Conference website as well as on the IDEA website.

Qualifying entries will be posted on the Arendt Center blog.

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SPONSORS OF THE SECOND ANNUAL THINKING CHALLENGE:

 The Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and the Humanities
The Center for Civic Engagement
The Difference and Media Project
The Experimental Humanities Initiative
Bard High School Early College

IDEA International Debate Education Association

ASSESSMENT GUIDELINES & RULES


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