Sunday, October 01, 2017 9:15 am - 12:00 pm
Roger Berkowitz / Bard College
Is world history changed by the machinations of great persons or small acts by anonymous people? Do loyalty and honor still matter in public life? Can a small act of kindness lead to a life-changing friendship? Can a powerful politician hold on to his soul? Is power as sweet as it seems? Or must power in the end lead to corruption?
These are the questions that inspire "Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer," a 2017 film written and directed by Joseph Cedar and starring Richard Gere. "Norman" raises eternal and timely questions about power, insiders, and outsiders. In its complexity, the movie reflects on clichés about Jewish Machers and political players. Join us for a discussion of struggle between anonymity and the will to power led by Bard College Professor Roger Berkowitz.
Roger Berkowitz is the Academic Director of the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities and Associate Professor of Politics, Human Rights, and Philosophy at Bard College. He is the author of The Gift of Science: Leibniz and the Modern Legal Tradition, an account of how the rise of science has led to the divorce of law and justice. He has written articles in Yale Journal of Law and Humanities, Journal of Politics, and Cardozo Law Review among others. Professor Berkowitz also writes the “Amor Mundi” weekly newsletter for the Hannah Arendt Center. You can subscribe at http://hac.bard.edu/engage/.