On Reconciliation: A reading of letters between Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger

February 14, 2020, 2:30 p.m.

Please join us for a performance of Dora García’s On Reconciliation, a public reading of letters exchanged by German philosophers Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger. Arendt and Heidegger’s fifty year correspondence covered the rise of Fascism, the Second World War, and some of the most significant philosophical developments of the 20th century. The letters written by  Arendt, a German Jew who fled Europe to escape the Holocaust, and Heidegger, a member of the Nazi party, illuminates their complicated relationship and loyalty to one another, framing reconciliation as a political position.

On Reconciliation encourages debate around the question of ethics and artistic production. Following an introduction by artist Dora García and Senior Curator-at-Large Ruth Estevez, the selected letters will be read by Samantha Hill, Acting Director at the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College, and Rajesh Sampath, Associate Professor of the Philosophy of Justice, Rights, and Social Change at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. A conversation will follow.

This event is presented in conjunction with Dora García: Love with Obstacles.

Free + open to the public