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The Henry Ford Building on the day it was re-opened
The Henry Ford Building on the day it was re-opened Image Credit: Bernd Wannenmacher

Since its re-opening in April, 2007, the Henry Ford Building has been used for numerous events at Freie Universität. These include the conferral of an honorary doctorate on Orhan Pamuk in May, 2007; the Hegel Lecture that Judith Butler held on behalf of Dahlem Humanities Center in January, 2009; and the presentation of the Freedom Award of Freie Universität Berlin to Archbishop Desmond Tutu in July, 2009.

In addition, the Henry Ford Building is regularly rented for meetings and conferences.  The Vision Summit 2008, an international conference on social business, attracted approximately 800 participants, for example, as did the international forum for biotechnologies including meetings of RNAi Europe, Peptides Europe, the Epigenetics World Congress, and Advances in qPCR in September, 2009.

In the upper balcony there is a permanent historical exhibition entitled "History from the Very Beginning" showing the turbulent past of today's largest university in Berlin. The photographs range from the university's founding in 1948 to its role in the student movement in 1968, the time around the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, on to the present day.