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Hannah Arendt and the Challenge of Political Responsibility Today

Hannah Arendt and the Challenge of Political Responsibility Today
2 Bloor Street E, 25th Floor
Time: Oct 25th, 10:00 am End: Oct 25th, 1:00 pm
Interest Categories: United States Studies, Sociology (FAS), Psychology, Psychoanalytic, Political Science, Philosophy (UTSC), Philosophy (UTM), Philosophy (FAS), Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (FAS), Jewish Studies, Information, Faculty of, History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), German (FAS), Ethics, East Asian Studies (FAS), Critical Theory, Communications, Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (UTM), 2000-, 1950-2000, 1900-1950
Discussion accompanying "Hannah Arendt Denkraum- a Documentation of the 2006 Berlin exhibit"

Hannah Arendt and the Challenge of Political Responsibility Today

Discussion accompanying "Hannah Arendt Denkraum-a Documentation of the 2006 Berlin Exhibit"

at the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Toronto

"The vicarious responsibility for things we have not done, this taking upon ourselves the consequences for things we are entirely innocent of, is the price we pay for the fact that we live our lifes not by ourselves but among our fellowmen, and that the faculty of action, which, after all, is the political faculty par excellence, can be actualized only in one of the many and manifold forms of human community."

A series of crises is shaking the world.  The global financial crisis, smoldering for several years, has now metastasized into a European economic crisis.  The growing disparity in income between the poor and wealthy in the industrialized world, the controversies over so-called 'humanitarian intervention' in third world countries, the crisis of political legitimacy in the Arab world, the movements of indignation in Spain, Chile, and now the United States, demand from us a response.  More than ever the responsibility of the main actors in this historic moment: governments, political parties, and the financial sector, are being called into account.  And we the citizens -- how should we judge these problems, how are we to exercise political and economic responsibility?

We invite you to discuss these questions with us.

Time: October 25, 2011, 10 a.m. -- 1 p.m.

Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Toronto
2 Bloor Street East - 25th Floor
Toronto, ON  M4W 1A8
Phone: +1 416 642-2931

Please RSVP at pr-101@toro.diplo.de or (416) 642-2931

The exhibition will open on 24 October at 5:30 p.m., the exhibition will open with a reception (sponsored by Miele, Canada)  featuring remarks by Elisabeth Young-Bruehl, author of the acclaimed biography Hannah Arendt: For Love of the World.

Hannah Arendt Denkraum

To mark the 100th anniversary of Hannah Arendt's birth in 2006, a team of political scientists, philosophers, and academics organized a comprehensive exhibit of the former Jewish Girls' School in Berlin, the city she left in 1933.  They called it "Hannah Arendt Denkraum" (thinking space).  It commemorates Hannah Arendt's political thought and visualizes the impact of her political, philosophical, and literary work through contemporary art.

Hannah Arendt's reporting on the Eichmann Trial (1961) triggered off international debate and controversy that contributed, particularly in Germany, to change the ways of addressing the past.

The Hannah Arendt Denkraum exhibition is shown in association with the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, as part of Holocaust Education Week 2011: Accountability

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