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Join us for our Civic Engagement Lunch Talk on February 7th!

IPCE is pleased to announce the second Civic Engagement Lunch Talk of the new year.

Civic Engagement Lunch Talk

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

Presented by Robin Reames, PhD


Wednesday, February 7th from 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.

UIC Daley Library

Conference Room 1-470

801 S Morgan Street


Lunch boxes available - please RSVP to share dietary restrictions

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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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