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George Steiner on How To Reform The Humanities

presented by George Steiner

What then shall we do? Some reforms are not dif­fi­cult to envis­age. We must purge our vocab­u­lary, we must clean up our lan­guage to say what we mean. 

George Steiner: The Humanities Don’t Humanize

presented by George Steiner

When we invoke the ideals and prac­tices of the human­i­ties, there is no assurance…that they humanize.

George Steiner on Science and the Humanities

presented by George Steiner

The explo­sion of sci­ence and tech­nol­o­gy has trans­formed not only our uni­ver­si­ties but after Descartes and Leibniz the very sta­tus of knowl­edge and of truth.

Daniel Pick on Psychoanalysis and Fascism

presented by Daniel Pick

The thing I’ve been real­ly inter­est­ed in the last few years in my research is think­ing about the prob­lem of fas­cism and Nazism, and the way in which in the human sci­ences, the his­to­ry of the human sci­ences, these phe­nom­e­na came to be understood.

Class, Race and Poverty in the USA

presented by Anne Applebaum, Derek Shearer, Jeb Bush, Randall Kennedy, Roger Berkowitz

Americans have always accept­ed a degree of inequal­i­ty, inequal­i­ty of out­comes. What seems to have changed in recent years, or at least in peo­ple’s per­cep­tion of it, is…that there seems to be grow­ing inequal­i­ty of start­ing place.

Political Culture, Donald Trump and Education

presented by Anne Applebaum, Derek Shearer, Jeb Bush, Roger Berkowitz, Sean Wilentz

Donald Trump is not an American phe­nom­e­non, sole­ly an American phe­nom­e­non. We see Trumps emerg­ing all across the West, all across Europe—Western Europe and Eastern Europe. And they are repeat­ing them­selves in very sim­i­lar ways. 

Sidney Blumenthal on the Crisis of Democracy

presented by Rob Riemen, Sidney Blumenthal

There’s always been this strain, par­tic­u­lar­ly in American pol­i­tics, a skep­ti­cism about politi­cians. We’re in one of these peri­ods where there is such skep­ti­cism, but it runs deeper.

Sidney Blumenthal on Being Advisor to Hillary Clinton

presented by Rob Riemen, Sidney Blumenthal

I have known Hillary for almost thir­ty years. And I hope that when this con­fer­ence takes place, she’s been elect­ed pres­i­dent. We share com­mon val­ues, polit­i­cal val­ues. But also I think that these are deeply root­ed in our own per­son­al expe­ri­ences. And these val­ues we’ve defend­ed against all sorts of peo­ple who have used what­ev­er means that they could, many of them under­hand­ed, in order to try and destroy rep­u­ta­tions, attack peo­ple per­son­al­ly, to engage in what we’ve called the pol­i­tics of per­son­al destruc­tion, but for polit­i­cal advan­tage and gain.

Is the USA the world’s last best hope?

presented by Sidney Blumenthal

Lincoln spoke of the United States as the last best hope on earth because the United States was the last, and only, and first, suc­cess­ful Democratic Republic in the world.

The Divided States of America

presented by Jeb Bush, Randall Kennedy, Rob Riemen, Roger Berkowitz, Sean Wilentz

I think there’s a great deal of naiveté about how pol­i­tics actu­al­ly works. And this is where either wing—the Trump wing or the Sanders wing—don’t under­stand how pol­i­tics actu­al­ly works in Washington.

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