Arendt, Hannah, 1906-1975
Heinrich Blücher came to Bard College as a visiting professor in 1952, at the invitation of James Case, then President of the College. He developed the Common Course for freshmen at the college and became its director as well as the primary lecturer for the course, which took as its subject the history of philosophy. Over the course of the next seventeen years he taught at Bard and at the New School for Social Research (now The New School: a University in New York City), leaving scores of tapes of his lectures but very little written material. He was known for his practice of lecturing from only a few notes on index cards. Working with Hannah Arendt, Blücher’s wife, Alexander Bazelow (’71) transcribed the tapes from the Bard lectures; many of the New School lecture transcripts appear to have been made by Ruth Shultz. In a deed of gift Arendt left Bard College a collection of reel-to-reel audio tapes of Heinrich Blücher's lectures, given at The New School and at Bard, along with transcripts of some of the audio tapes. Audio cassettes copies were made of many of the original tapes thanks to Dr. George Rose ('63). The collection includes a notebook belonging to Blücher, and some notes and letters.