At 6:15 p.m. at the colloquium on Friday, Claude Lanzmann will converse with Prof. Dr. Joachim Küpper, a professor of Romance languages and literatures and comparative literature at Freie Universität Berlin, about his life and work. He portrayed his time at Freie Universität Berlin in his autobiography The Patagonian Hare that was published in 2010.
The French Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, H. E. Philippe Etienne, is expected to attend the opening ceremony. Welcoming addresses will also be given by Prof. Dr. Peter-André Alt, the president of Freie Universität Berlin, and Prof. Dr. Jürgen Brokoff, the dean of the Department of Philosophy and Humanities.
The two-day interdisciplinary meeting was organized by the literary scholar Prof. Dr. Susanne Zepp from Freie Universität. The participants are political scientists, literary scholars, film studies scholars, and historians. The speakers include Prof. Dr. Claus Leggewie, a political scientist and director of the Institute for Cultural Studies (KWI) in Essen, Prof. Dr. Omar Kamil, a professor of political science and contemporary history at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, and Prof. Dr. Gertrud Koch, a film studies scholar at Freie Universität Berlin. The Japanese director Osamu Waktasuki, who filmed a documentary about Claude Lanzmann and the Japanese filmmaker Tsuchimoto Noriaki, will give a talk on the art of documentation. The conference languages are German, English, and French. The colloquium is being held jointly by the Dahlem Humanities Center of Freie Universität Berlin, the Center for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg, and the French Embassy in Berlin.
An interview with Susanne Zepp about the colloquium and Lanzmann's time as a lecturer at Freie Universität in 1949 was published in Freie Universität Berlin's supplement in the Tagesspiegel newspaper.