Freie Universität Berlin attracts prominent visitors from around the world. Influential personalities visit our campus through several kinds of events, such as the Freedom Award of Freie Universität Berlin, the Hegel Lecture, or the conferral of honorary doctorates. Here we highlight just a few of our more recent visitors.
Holocaust survivor 97-year-old Margot Friedlander accepted an invitation to read from her autobiography and speak with students at Freie Universität
High Commissioner of the UN Refugee Agency delivered keynote address at Freie Universität Berlin
Nobel laureate in literature, Herta Müller, was the featured speaker at Freie Universität’s 70th anniversary celebration.
At the first Kim Dae Jung Lecture at Free University, former South Korean Prime Minister Han Myeong-Sook spoke about the peace process on the Korean peninsula.
Economist Dilma Rousseff, a former President of Brazil, shared her expertise at Freie Universität.
At Freie Universität German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier met with students and researchers who came to Berlin as refugees.
In this year's Szondi Lecture, Turkish Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk talked about the Museum of Innocence.
The French writer and philosopher Hélène Cixous held the 2016 Hegel Lecture at Freie Universität.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was a guest at Freie Universität to mark the 70th anniversary of the formation of the United Nations.
The highly regarded American historian and literary scholar Professor Hayden White was granted an honorary doctorate from Freie Universität Berlin.
Physicist Wolfgang Junge was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Department of Physics at Freie Universität Berlin.
Professor Carolyn Bertozzi from the University of California at Berkeley was awarded an honorary doctorate from Freie Universität Berlin.
Carla Del Ponte
The lawyer, former chief prosecutor of the international criminal court, and campaigner for justice Carla Del Ponte was awarded a Freedom Award from Freie Universität.
The Henry Ford Building was filled to the last seat as Stanford professor Thomas Südhof gave an entertaining and personal presentation retracing his way to the Nobel Prize.
In her inaugural lecture as the first International Network Visiting Professor of Gender Studies, Schild addressed the issue of emancipation under conditions of neoliberal capitalism.
Conductor, pianist, and music director of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin: Daniel Barenboim is one of the best known musicians of our time.
Michael J. Sandel
Recently at Freie Universität Michael J. Sandel addressed the issue "What Money Can't Buy."
Nancy Fraser, one of the world’s most influential intellectuals of our time, is an Einstein Visiting Fellow at Freie Universität’s Graduate School of North American Studies.
George M. Whitesides
Professor George M. Whitesides from Harvard University in Cambridge, USA, was awarded an honorary doctorate from Freie Universität Berlin.
Professor Edward Zajac from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago was awarded an honorary doctorate from Freie Universitat Berlin.
Homi K. Bhabha
The literary scholar and cultural theorist Homi K. Bhabha was awarded an honorary doctorate from Freie Universität Berlin.
A recent guest lecture on "The Failure of Crisis Management," given by Princeton economist Paul Krugman, attracted a large audience.
The former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and former Irish President was honored with the Freedom Award of Freie Universität.
More than 2000 guests crowded into the Max Kade Auditorium and several lecture halls to hear Judith Butler, one of the most influential social scientists of the present, speak on "Frames of War."