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Hannah Arendt's Day at the Beauty Parlor

25th January 2010

Hannah-Arendt Hannah Arendt is not exactly known for her fashion sense or hairstyle. Rather, she is renowned for her astute and philosophical theories, from everything from politics to anti-Semitism. In a recent humor piece, it is alleged that Nancy Pelosi, fed up with congressional infighting and strife, had called for a “bipartisan day of beauty” where harried politicians, Republican and Democrat, could kick back and get their nails done. What lead to this inspired idea? “Pelosi suggested the idea after her book group cancelled a recent session on Hannah Arendt’s ‘Lectures on Kant’s Political Philosophy’ in favor of a Day of Beauty at Chez Vous Beauty Salon in Arlington, Virginia.”

Fordham’s Thinking in Dark Times examines the woman behind the myth in a series of critical essays and a collection of photos from her personal archive.