"The Moment Has Passed: Power After Arendt" by Patchen Markell -
December 2, 2011
We were delighted to welcome Patchen Markell (Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago) who gave a lecture at the Prindle Institute on Friday, December 2 entitled, "The Moment has Passed: Power after Arendt". Markell is widely recognized as one of the leading voices in contemporary political theory. Thematically, much of Markell's work has been concerned with the nature and conditions of political action and political agency, especially in relation to such other important phenomena as identity, power, and democracy. His lecture focused on our conception of political action in the moment and its relationship to the past in contemporary life. He examined how such concepts work in current events such as Occupy Wall Street and the democratic protests in Egypt's Tahrir Square and traced the connections to Hannah Arendt's political thought.