Events | Arendt & Blücher: A conversation between experts Barbara von Bechtolsheim & David D. Kim

Villa Aurora | April 4, 2024 | 7:30 PM (PDT)

A conversation between David D. Kim and author Barbara von Bechtolsheim about Hannah Arendt and Heinrich Blücher on the occasion of Bechtolsheim's biography of the couple.

Hannah Arendt and Heinrich Blücher met as exiles in Paris. Four years later, they married and soon emigrated to the United States. They found their intellectual and emotional home in their dialogue with one another. Arendt and Blücher were almost inseparable: for over thirty years, they inspired each other another philosophical workshop, disagreeing with one another, trusting one another, and maintaining friendships with artists, literati, and philosophers. Their exile experience shapes the political thought and action of a creative couple who still inspires us today.
Author Barbara von Bechtolsheim will explore with David D. Kim how both figures lived and reflected upon exile, freedom, and social responsibility.

Admission is free, please RSVP here.

Barbara von Bechtolsheim studied Literature, Philosophy and Psychology in Munich and Stanford. She teaches Literature and Cultural Studies at various universities and researches the creativity of couples. As a literary translator, she acts as intermediary between American and German culture in many different ways.


David D. Kim is Professor in the Department of European Languages and Transcultural Studies and Associate Vice Provost at the International Institute. Professor Kim’s scholarly interests range from postcolonial, global and migration studies and community engagement to human rights, cosmopolitanism, cultural and political theories, global literary histories, and digital humanities. He is the author of Arendt’s Solidarity (Stanford University Press, 2024), which tracks various manifestations of this vexing concept in the political theorist’s archival documents, publications and recordings.

Villa Aurora
520 Paseo Miramar
Los Angeles, CA 90272
Admission is free
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Parking information:
Street parking is available on Los Liones Drive off Sunset Boulevard, two blocks northeast of Pacific Coast Highway. Please do not park in the Topanga State Park parking lot!
Free shuttle service departs from Los Liones & Sunset starting at 6:30 pm. Last shuttle to Villa Aurora leaves 15 minutes prior to the event.

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