NYU’s Center for the Study of Transformative Lives will host journalist and author Anne C. Heller for a public lecture, “The Outsider: Hannah Arendt and Human Freedom,” on Tues., Nov. 17.
New York University’s Center for the Study of Transformative Lives will host journalist and author Anne C. Heller for a public lecture, “The Outsider: Hannah Arendt and Human Freedom,” on Tues., Nov. 17, 6-7:15 p.m. at NYU’s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, first-floor screening room (53 Washington Square South, between Thompson and Sullivan Sts.).
Heller, author of the recently released “Hannah Arendt: A Life in Dark Times,” will discuss the legacy of Arendt—not a born rebel, historians note, but the privileged child of an affluent, assimilated German-Jewish family in turn-of-the century Prussia and a gifted student of classics and philosophy in Weimar Germany. After Adolph Hitler seized power, Arendt made a series of courageous, unpredictable, and even contradictory personal decisions that catapulted her to intellectual and moral leadership during one of the darkest epochs of modern history. Heller presents Arendt as one of the 20th century’s most passionate exponents of what she herself called the qualities of the “conscious pariah”: humanity, heart, disinterested intelligence, humor, and the embrace of an ennobled public life as an antidote to the perils of modern rootlessness and loneliness.
The event is free and open to the public. An RSVP is required at www.transformativelives.org, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 212.998.4291. Subways: A, B, C, D, E, F, M (W. 4th St.).
Heller has also authored “Ayn Rand and the World She Made,” a New York Times “Notable Book.” She is a former managing editor of the Antioch Review, fiction editor of Esquire and Redbook, and executive editor of the magazine development group at Condé Nast Publications. She will be introduced by Philip Kunhardt, founding director of the Center for Transformative Lives.
The Center for the Study of Transformative Lives at New York University fosters research, teaching, and education centering on the lives of exemplary individuals whose dedication, genius, and moral vision helped shape the course of human events. The work of the Center is motivated by the conviction that the example of a great and good life, studied in depth and at length, can become a guiding influence on people’s lives today as they confront their own choices, decisions, and opportunities. Focusing on well-known and less-well-known figures from the present and the past, students and researchers study inspiring individuals in the context of their times and the circles in which they moved, using them as powerful lenses through which to view history and understand societal change. For more, go to: http://www.transformativelives.org/.