The WCGS Grimm Lecture 2020 “Thinking Itself Is Dangerous: Reading Hannah Arendt Now” by Professor Samantha Rose Hill was scheduled to be held on 19 March 2020. Due to a state of emergency in Ontario to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, the public lecture had to be cancelled in order to protect the health of the community. We at the Waterloo Centre for German Studies, however, are not easily deterred, and with the help of Davian Hart from Sherwood Systems, an event production company in Kitchener-Waterloo, we were able to arrange for the Grimm Lecture to go ahead via livestream. Over 400 people popped into the stream, and the lecture had over 200 persistent viewers. Dr. Hill adapted her lecture to address the current situation - how could she not? - and discussed how Arendt's approach to thinking could even deepen our understanding of the present, unsettling situation.
The recording of the livestream is available on our Grimm Lecture 2020 webpage.