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Hegel Lecture

The highlight of the Center’s public activities is the annual Hegel Lecture. The personalities that are invited as speakers include outstanding scholars in the humanities and persons engaged in the cultural sector. The lecture, which may be held either in English or in German, addresses the broader public and is meant to become one of the most visible cultural events in the German capital. With regard to its aims, the lecture is indebted to the central value of the philosophy of the personality remembered in its title, a value that also inspired the name of the university at which the Dahlem Humanities Center is based: freedom.

The first Hegel Lecture was held by the French philosopher, essayist and author André Glucksmann on January 8, 2008. On this occasion the Center was opened officially in the presence of Federal Minister for Research, Dr. Annette Schavan, and the Berlin Senator for Education, Sciences and Research, Prof. Dr. E. Jürgen Zöllner.

Former Hegel Lectures

Hegel Lecture 2019 with Seyla Benhabib: "Hegel’s Concept of the Person and International Human Rights Today"

June 5, 2019

Hegel Lecture 2017 with Armin Nassehi: "Wovon reden wir, wenn wir von ‚Gesellschaft‘ reden?"

December 7, 2017

Hegel Lecture 2016 with Hélène Cixous: "Ay yay! The Cry of Literature"

May 11, 2016

Hegel Lecture 2011 with Slavoj Žižek: "Is It Still Possible to Be a Hegelian Today?"

March 31, 2011

Hegel Lecture 2010 with Homi Bhabha: "Our Neighbors, Ourselves: Contemporary Reflections on Survival"

January 28, 2010

Hegel Lecture 2009 with Judith Butler: "Frames of War"

February 3, 2009

Hegel Lecture 2008 / Opening ceremony of the Dahlem Humanities Center with André Glucksmann: “1968-2008”

January 8, 2008