[PAST EVENT] Susan Neiman on Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil 

February 17, 2021
11am - 12:30pm
Zoom: https://cwm.zoom.us/j/9878789418 Please contact rsleve@wm.edu for the passcode
Left: Book cover with title Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of evil by Susan Neiman against the image of a statue of a confedarate soldier. Right: Portrait of author Susan Neiman.

Susan Neiman is a moral philosopher, cultural commentator, essayist and public intellectual. She is the author of Why Grow Up? Subversive Thoughts for an Infantile Age (2015), Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grown-Up Idealists (2008), and Evil in Modern Thought: An Alternative History of Philosophy (2002). After completing her Ph.D. in Philosophy at Harvard, she taught at Yale and Tel Aviv University, and is presently the Director of the Einstein Forum in Potsdam, Germany.

Concerning Learning from the Germans, Todd Gitlin wrote: "Susan Neiman has devised a genre that’s encompassing enough to address the problem of evil: investigative philosophy. She tests moral concepts against lived realities, revealing actual human beings wrestling with--or away from--the unforgiving past: Germans who implant memorial plaques in the street, who work to integrate immigrants, and who think Germany was not defeated but liberated in 1945; and in Mississippi, citizens who insist that humanity drives better when it takes the time to gaze into the rearview mirror. This compelling, discerning book is as necessary and provocative as its title."