2010 Meeting

Program for the

Fourth annual meeting of the

Hannah Arendt Circle

Hosted by the Department of

Philosophy DePaul University

Chicago, IL

April 16-18, 2010

Friday April 16


Evening Social Gathering (Note Change: Duke of Perth, 2913 N Clark Street, at the corner of Surf)

Saturday April 17


Welcome (Coffee/Tea and Light Refreshment)


Responsibility and Accountability

· "Arendt’s Perspective Change: Exploring the Impact of Adolf Eichmann’s Trial on Hannah Arendt’s View of Responsibility"

Steven Bloch-Schulman, Elon University

· "Arendt in Jerusalem: Moral Agency and the Victim"

Diane Enns, McMaster University

· "Freedom, Responsibility and Judgment"

Antonia Grunenberg, Director, Hannah Arendt Center, University of Oldenburg

Moderator: Annika Thiem, Villanova University


Visions of the Self

· "Telling Stories: Story and History in Arendt’s Thought"

Julia Urabayen, University of Navarra and Visiting Professor, Fordham University

· "Rahel Varnhagen: The Role of the Lie in Self-Interpretation"

Kristina Lebedeva, DePaul University

Moderator: Robin Weiss, DePaul University


Lunch (Enjoy Local Restaurants)


Thinking With Friends

· "Why Return to Augustine? Arendt’s Love and Saint Augustine in the Context of the Mid-20th Century New York Intellectual Life"

Joanna Vecchiarelli Scott, Eastern Michigan University

· "Thinking Beyond Philosophy: The Discursive Contexts of Hannah Arendt’s Early Work"

Liisi Keedus, European University Institute

Moderator: Ulrike Björk


Arendt, Politics and Being Human

· "The Ambiguity of “The Right to have Rights”: Hannah Arendt’s Critique of Human Rights Discourse"

Julia Honkasalo, The New School

· "Given Life: Arendt, Butler and the Politics of Non-Violence"

Julia Ireland, Whitman College

Moderator: Karin Fry, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point

Business Meeting immediately following panel


Book Panel

· Peg Birmingham’s Hannah Arendt and Human Rights: The Predicament of Common Responsibility

Dianna Taylor, John Carroll University

Kevin Thompson, DePaul University

Dana Villa, University of Notre Dame

Response by Peg Birmingham, DePaul University

Moderator: tba


Dinner arrangements have been made for Saturday night at Pars Cove. Please RSVP by March 21st to Tama Weisman at tweisman@dom.edu.

Place: Pars Cove

Time: 7:30

Dinner will include:


Set dinner menu with three options: vegetarian; Lamb; seafood

Table Wine

Cost: faculty $20; Students $10 (to be collected at conference)

Sunday April 18


(Coffee/Tea and Light Refreshment)


Thinking, Judgment and Responsibility

· "Trying to Fill the Gap: Between the Kantian Ideal and Eichmann’s Actions"

Gisele Velarde, A. Ruiz de Montoya University, Lima, Peru, and Visiting Scholar, Loyola University Chicago

· "Preparing Thought for Politics: Arendt’s Rehabilitation of the Activity of Thinking"

Wout Cornelissen, VU University Amsterdam

Moderator: James Manos, DePaul University


Action Today

"What It Takes to Go Visiting: An Arendtian Ethos of Critical Self-Doubt"

Simona Goi, Calvin College

"Reading Arendt in Iran/Reading Iran Through Arendt: Speech, Action, and the Question of Street Politics"

Norma C. Morruzzi, University of Illinois at Chicago

Moderator: Lou Agosta, Independent Scholar


Politics Philosophy and Religion

· "The Time of Forgiveness: Messianic Strains in Arendt's Theory of Action"

Daniel Brandes, Dalhousie University

· "The Memory of a Common World: Arendt, Schmitt and Politics After Totalitarianism"

John Ackerman, Northwestern University

Moderator: Sam Galloway

We would like to thank DePaul's University Research Council and Department of Philosophy for their generous support.