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Dahlem Humanities Center Opened at Freie Universität

French Philosopher André Glucksmann Keynote Speaker

№ 3/2008 from Jan 09, 2008

Andre Glucksmann
André Glucksmann was the keynote speaker at the opening ceremony of Dahlem Humanities Center. Image Credit: Bernd Wannenmacher

Freie Universität Berlin opened its Dahlem Humanities Center on January 8, 2008, with a ceremony for about 700 invited guests. The French philosopher, André Glucksmann, presented a lecture on the topic of "1968–2008." The Federal Minister for Education and Research, Dr. Annette Schavan, and the Berlin Senator for Education and Research, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Zöllner, both participated in the ceremony. The event was held in cooperation with the French embassy.

André Glucksmann is one of the most pre-eminent contemporary French philosophers. The author and essayist lives in Paris. For many years he has been writing books warning about the dangers presented by fanatics and the dominance of ideologies. Glucksmann, along with Bernard-Henri Lévy and Alain Finkielkraut, is among the leading New Philosophers in France. His latest book is a memoir entitled A Child's Rage (2007).

Dahlem Humanities Center (DHC) builds on the most complete range of disciplines in the humanities to be found in all of Germany.  It provides an overarching, interdisciplinary framework for research in the humanities. DHC will set up various new programs and event series that will extend the regional and international networks of Freie Universität. One feature will be fellowships for scholars from non-German-speaking countries who will carry out research at Freie Universität and, during their stay in Berlin, periodically present their research results to the broader public.  Another new feature will be week-long think tanks where researchers from around the world along with scholars from DHC will have an opportunity to consider new perspectives for research in the humanities. In addition, the annual Hegel Lecture is a new lecture series that will invite an outstanding researcher in the humanities or a well-known personality from the cultural setting to present a lecture.

Partner institutions of the Dahlem Humanities Center include numerous research institutions, museums, theaters, the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (SPK), and DeutschlandRadio, as well as universities from abroad.

Further Information

Philipp Antony (Coordinator), Telephone: +49 (0)30 838- 550 57, Email:

Prof. Dr. Joachim Küpper (Director), Telephone: +49 (0)30 838- 511 92, Email: