This talk will introduce key insights of the 20 century political philosopher, journalist, and public intellectual Hannah Arendt. Arendt was a Jewish refugee who fled Nazi Germany and who was stateless for many years. She believed that the purpose of politics was freedom, and in her work, she was particularly interested in what it means for human beings to create and live in a public realm together; the connections between sustaining a democracy, sharing truth, and respecting plurality; and the threats to these posed by ideology, image-making, and totalitarianism.
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People Who Changed the World is a new collaboration between the Miami University Humanities Center and the Oxford Institute for Learning in Retirement. Sponsored by the Friends of the Humanities Center, the series features Miami’s nationally recognized faculty in the humanities. We invite Oxford community members to join us for a series that explores influential figures and the place of the humanities in both the university and wider society.
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