Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities


Inspired by our upcoming Annual Fall Conference:

Truthtelling: Democracy in an Age Without Facts

being held at Bard College, October 28-29, 2011,

The Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities

challenges you to think about the truth.

"What a risky business to tell the truth on a factual level without theoretical and scholarly embroidery."
-Hannah Arendt

Submit a 1,500 word multi-media blog post,  5 minute video or multi-media piece which addresses Hannah Arendt's call to tell the truth.

Winning essays and videos should tell the truth about some issue of public importance. Alternatively, essays may explore the problems and possibilities of truthtelling in our time. Essays can either be written as multimedia blog posts or filmed on digital video.


Submission deadline is October 1, 2011

Early Bird Prize: First five entries meeting the deadlines that are received by September 1, 2011 will win $50!

Submissions should be emailed to arendt@bard.edu


Three winners will be chosen.

  • They will each win $500.

  • They will receive an Arendt Center Award for Excellence in Political Thinking.

  • They will be featured on a panel at our annual conference in October (domestic travel and lodging included).

  • They will  have their entries featured on the Conference website.

  • They will receive a signed copy of Thinking in Dark Times.

  • Qualifying entries will be posted on the Arendt Center blog and YouTube channel.

Hannah Arendt




Sponsors of the 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

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