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