Isaac Ariail Reed and Michael Weinman, editors.
Colin Laidley, managing editor.
A collaboration between faculty at the University of Virginia, Bard College Berlin and The New School for Social Research, this Public Seminar platform provides a forum for the study of power in a time of social crisis and political transformation. We explore power, violence and the activist life by engaging with histories of the present. We ask: what historical trajectories of domination inform the present? How should we think about the history of the “modern” era in the light of the current crisis of democracy? Informed by the thought of Hannah Arendt, the vertical explores the evanescent present between past and future.