Mahrdt to Guest Lecture on Arendt

Posted: April 14, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Next week, Helgard Mahrdt, University of Copenhagen, will present two lectures on Hannah Arendt, author, educator, and political philosopher who lived from 1906 to 1975.

On Monday, April 19, Mahrdt will present “How to Orient Oneself without Tradition: Hannah Arendt’s Biography of Rahel Varnhagen and Portrait of Walter Benjamin” from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Johnson Center, Gold Room. On Tuesday, April 20, Mahrdt will speak on “Arendt’s Contribution to Political Philosophy” from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center, Assembly Room B.

Mahrdt was trained in literature and political science at the universities in Göttingen and Bremen, Germany. She received her PhD at the University of Tromsø, and she was on the faculty of the German department at the University of Oslo. Her studies have been funded in part by the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation, the Norwegian Research Council, and the German Literature Archive. She focused her studies on Arendt during her Kluge Fellowship at the Library of Congress in 2002.

The lectures are sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, Office of the Provost, the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, and the Women’s Studies Program.

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