Tue, September 12, 2006 • 5:00 PM • At his home (map will be available in the Plan II office)
Hannah Arendt was trained in philosophy in Germany, escaped Nazi persecution and came to the United States before WWII. Her masterwork wrestles with the question, what explains the emergence of murderous regimes of the 20th century? To Arendt, the genocidal excesses of Hitler and Stalin were not an expansion in scale and scope of long-held practices. Instead, they heralded the frightening emergence of a new, modern politics, based upon terror, ideological extremism, and mass mobilization. WeavinSponsoring professor Francis J. Gavin is a historian and Associate Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. He is also the Director of Studies for the newly created Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas, and Director for The American Assembly's multiyear, national initiative, "The Next Generation Project -- U.S. Global Policy and the Future of International Institutions." Gavin has won numerous awards and fellowships, including the Smith Richardson Faculty Fellowship in International Security and Foreign Policy and the Donald H. Harrington Distinguished Faculty Fellowship. His teaching and research focuses on international affairs and U.S. foreign policy.