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Feb 7 2024

Hannah Arendt on Rhetoric: Democracy Under the Influence of Social Media

IPCE Civic Engagement Lunch Talk

February 7, 2024

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM


Daley Library, R. 1-470

Join us for the second Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement (IPCE) Civic Engagement Lunch Talk of the year on Wednesday, February 7, from 12 noon to 12:45 p.m. at Daley Library, R. 1-470. Lunch will be provided!

Robin Reames, PhD will be presenting her research, “Hannah Arendt on Rhetoric: Democracy Under the Influence of Social Media”.

Hannah Arendt had a lifelong preoccupation with the fundamental condition of human plurality and the fact that humans—not a human— “live on the earth and inhabit the world.” This fundamental condition of human plurality is definitive of all politics for Arendt.

Robin Reames and her research team have been investigating the relevance of Hannah Arendt’s basic observation to "social life" today as it is lived out in social media. Through their research, Dr. Reames and her team hope to show the relevance of Arendt’s theory of speech and rhetoric for understanding and challenging the influence of social media today.

Dr. Reames lunch talk will discuss various aspects of this research from the funding year--work conducted in the Hannah Arendt collection in New York, the Hannah Arendt Circle in Italy, the Persuasive Technology society in the Netherlands, and the Behavior Technology Lab at Stanford--and future work proposed for the Dangers and Opportunities of Technology initiative with the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Samuel Theno

Date posted

Jan 16, 2024

Date updated

Jan 16, 2024