Upcoming Talks on Hannah Arendt and Clarence Thomas

I remember reading once, somewhere, that when Amos Oz was a child, it took his neurotic parents six months to prepare for a trip to the pharmacy, so taxed were they by the idea of an outing. I feel like I’ve become those parents. Even so, I seem to be taking three trips in the coming ten days to give three talks. If you’re around at any of these places, stop by and say hello.

On Friday, April 8, at 3:30 pm, I’ll be delivering the Somers Lecture at Georgia State University. The topic is “White State, Black Market: What Clarence Thomas Sees in Capitalism.” Location is 25 Park Place, Room 2150, in Atlanta.

On Tuesday, April 12, at 12:15, I’ll be speaking in the Department of History at Cornell University. The topic is “Eichmann in Jerusalem, Three Readings: Hobbesian, Kantian, Arendtian.” Location is KG70 Klarman Hall on the Cornell campus in Ithaca.

On Saturday, April 16, at 3:15, I’ll be speaking on a panel at a conference, “Progressive/Conservative: A Common Ground Summit,” at Grand Valley State University. My topic is, again, Clarence Thomas and capitalism. Location is the Charles Loosemore Auditorium, 401 Fulton Street W, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.



  1. Benjamin Gramlich April 6, 2016 at 11:15 am | #

    Will these talks be recorded and available online?

  2. aletheia33 April 6, 2016 at 11:30 am | #

    dear brilliant corey robin, whose blog i (and my partner) follow faithfully.

    i so wish i could attend one of these lectures. i’m in vt, so if you ever come up to the amherst area, i hope to come down for it.

    meanwhile, i beg you, while at ithaca, to urge those youngsters (and oldsters) at cornell to help out with the sanders campaign as much as they can. and to suggest to your colleagues there that they urge the same, and that they write, using their professorial eloquence in the state and national media.

    after last night’s win, the opposition’s machine now swings into full gear, and my heart is sinking as i contemplate the extent and kind of damage i know it can do.

    i think we have fully entered the gandhian stage: “then they fight you.”

    i remind you that, as i’m sure you know, this is a once in a lifetime election.

    this is a heartfelt plea.

  3. Robert Benfatto April 6, 2016 at 11:31 am | #

    Will the talk in Atlanta be videotaped and put on the web? I would love to hear it at some point. I wont be in Atlanta anytime soon.

  4. LFC April 6, 2016 at 12:24 pm | #

    If you’re around at any of these places, stop by and say hello.

    “Saying hello” to a speaker after a talk often involves a willingness to wait one’s turn in a line — sometimes a long line — of people waiting to say hello, ask a question, contest a point, or etc.

    With occasional exceptions, I usually don’t have the patience to wait in such an after-talk line, esp. if I don’t have anything to say beyond “hello” and the speaker is being engaged by friends and/or people he/she actually knows. (For example, I attended C. Robin’s lecture at the USIH conference in Wash. D.C. in October of last year, but I didn’t say hello afterward b.c for various reasons I decided not to stand around waiting my turn to do so.)

    • Rex Oper (@Rex_Oper) April 11, 2016 at 10:17 am | #

      Geezus buddy, give it a rest. No one will weep if you can’t stick around.

  5. David EGan April 7, 2016 at 1:31 pm | #

    Corey, “break a leg” as they say in show business! I read with interest all your posts as even-keeled polemics. Refreshing as an outdoor bar full of fair-minded men.

  6. J. Otto Pohl April 7, 2016 at 4:39 pm | #

    I think Arendt’s ideas as relates to Germany, Western Europe, and European colonialism still hold up pretty well. Her analysis of the USSR, however, seems outdated in light of the much greater information we now have available that she did not.

  7. Dahesu April 8, 2016 at 12:25 pm | #

    Corey, any chance of their being a video or audio recording of this lecture that I might access online? I live in Cincinnati, so no way can I make it, but I really love your talks!

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