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Upcoming Events

To attend public events at NYU Berlin, please contact Assistant Director for Academics Dr. Roland Pietsch (

Fall Semester 2015

  • German Re-Unification: 25 Years Later
    Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 1:45pm – 3:00pm, NYU Berlin Academic Center
    A lunchtime seminar that maps the progress of German (re-)unification with guest speaker Stephan Sievert from the Berlin Institute for Population and Development. Earlier this year the Berlin Institute for Population and Development produced a study of how far East and West have come together over the past 25 years.
  • Joint Event with the Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk
    Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 1:45pm – 3:00pm, NYU Berlin Academic Center
    Reading by and discussion with Tal Nitzán, award winning poet, writer, editor and a major translator of Hispanic literature.
  • Reading by author Sarah Schmidt (in German)
    Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 1:45pm – 3:00pm, NYU Berlin Academic Center
    Reading by and discussion with Sarah Schmidt, author of
    Berlin stories Bad Dates and Bitte nicht freundlich.
  • Where is the Pergamon Altar? Visitor Orientation and Managing Expectations in the Pergamon Museum
    Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 10:00am – 12:45pm, NYU Berlin Academic Center
    A workshop featuring Sharon Macdonald (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Jane Masséglia (Ashmolean Museum), Katharina Lorenz (University of Nottingham). Organized by NYU Berlin professors Annette Löseke and Stephanie Pearson. Upon arriving at the Pergamon Museum, many visitors today are disappointed to learn that the famous namesake monument of the museum, the Pergamon Altar, is closed. It will remain off view for the next five years as the museum undergoes urgently-needed renovations. How can the Altar be presented in a compelling and informative way despite this closure? How can visitors’ expectations be positively addressed? In a collaborative project between two classes (“Ancient Art in Berlin: Discovering the Collections of Museum Island” and “Shaping an Educational Landscape: Museum Island”), NYU Berlin students are drafting solutions to these challenges and presenting their ideas to the museum direction for consideration.

  • Film Screening: "Wir sind jung. Wir sind Stark" (2014)
    Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 6pm – 9:30pm, NYU Berlin Academic Center
    Screening (We Are Young. We Are Strong; in German with English subtitles) of the critically acclaimed film followed by discussion with the film's director Burhan Qurbani and screenwriter Martin Behnke. With an introduction by NYU Berlin Professors Sasha Disko and Axel Bangert. The highly acclaimed film, which screened at numerous international festivals including Tribeca Film Festival, follows a fictional day in the life of a group of German youths in Rostock at the time of the anti-asylum-seeker riots in 1992. When it premiered at the Film Festival in Rome in October 2014, 25 years following Germany's "peaceful revolution", the filmmakers were praised for providing an important artistic contribution that recalled the darker episodes in the history of unification. The events portrayed in the film were widely regarded as having been specific to the unsettling times of the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe. Sadly, today the recent, sometimes violent, protests in Germany and all over Europe against refugees arriving from Asia and Africa, and against refugee shelters, suggest that the events may have been less specific to its time than we hoped. The questions raised in We are Young. We are Strong are suddenly more pertinent than ever.
  • The Quest for Union: Identity, Politics and Money in the European Union
    Tuesday, November 24th, 2015, 1:45pm – 3:00pm, NYU Berlin Academic Center
    The road to a supranational postwar Europe has been full of promises and hurdles. From its origins as a small community of six Western European states, focused largely on economic cooperation, the European Union grew into an institution comprising 27 states, covering Western and (after the end of the Cold War) Eastern Europe, that cooperate on a range of additional areas, including foreign policy, security, justice, employment and immigration. Some states even share a common currency, the Euro. However, the recent Greek financial crisis and the humanitarian crisis of the refugees arriving in Europe exposed so much disunity among the EU's members that some observers are questioning whether this could be the beginning of the EU's end. Has the European Union really become a union, or did it always remain a community of nation states that might now fall apart under the strain of political and economic disagreements? The participants of this panel discussion are Ulrich Brueckner (NYU Berlin and Jean Monnet Professor at Stanford University in Berlin), Ares Kalandides (NYU Berlin and Managing Director of INPOLIS), and Michael Popp (German Federal Ministry of the Interior)


Select Past Events

Spring Semester 2015

  • Syria: Metamorphosis into Multiple Conflicts
    Tuesday, March 10th, 2015, 1:45pm – 3:00pm
    Syria has been in the news ever since the uprising against President Assad's government in 2011 and has since then deteriorated into a battlefield with multiple warring parties. For this lunchtime seminar Dr. Carsten Wieland, a diplomat with the German Foreign Office and former academic and journalist, will provide a unique insight as somebody who is closely involved in the United Nations' attempts to bring the conflict to an end. In 2014, Wieland was political advisor to the Joint Special Envoy of the UN and the Arab League for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, and followed the Syria negotiations in Geneva. As an academic, Wieland has published widely on Syria's recent history.
  • Lesung und Buchdiskussion mit Sarah Khan
    Dienstag, 24. März, 2015, 13:30 – 15:00 Uhr
    In ihrem Buch "Die Gespenster von Berlin. Wahre Geschichten" zeigt die Berliner Autorin Sarah Khan, dass Berlin die Hauptstadt der Gespenster ist. Als "Gespensterdetektivin" liest sie die geheimnisvollen Spuren, die sehr häufig auch an die deutsche Geschichte und ihre Abgründe führen. Die Schriftstellerin und Journalistin veröffentlichte Romane, Erzählungen, Reportagen und Essays und erhielt 2012 den Michael-Althen-Preis für Kritik der Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung (FAZ).
  • On the Practice of Walking & Photography as a Medium: Artist Talk with Michael Höpfner
    Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 1:45pm – 3:00pm
    A lunchtime seminar with artist and photographer Michael Höpfner. As part of his artistic approach "art through and as walking," Höpfner questions concepts of perception and thought by exploring "alien" territories and ways of life on foot. He wanders through remote regions on civilization's margins that defy global progress, only to be caught up by it in the end. His photographs of Western China and Central Asia document experiences of space and time that eradicate both the images of the "exotic" modeled by western colonialism and idealized projections of an authentic, untouched nature.

Fall Semester 2014

  • The First World War: 100 Years later – Does it still matter?
    Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 1:45pm – 3:00pm
    A lunchtime discussion panel marking the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, with contributions from three distinguished historians of the period. Professors Julia Eichenberg, Frank Reichherzer (both Humboldt Universität) and Björn Hofmeister (Freie Universität) will discuss the First World War as the first total war, its immediate impact on German history, and the way it still affects German, Eastern European and global politics today.
  • The Rise of Environmentalism
    Tuesday, November 11th, 2014, 1:45pm – 3:00pm
    A lunchtime seminar focusing on an important feature of postwar West German society: the rise of environmentalism. Our two distinguished guest speakers are experts on the topic: Dr. Ute Hasenöhrl, a chronicler of the German environmental movement, and Dr. Andrew Tompkins, a historian of German and French anti-nuclear movements. Together they will tackle the issue from two perspectives: its rootedness in traditional nature conservation and the new, transnational anti-nuclear movement.
  • Greening Democracy: The Movement Against Nuclear Energy and the Emergence of Political Environmentalism, 1968–1983
    Tuesday, November 13, 2014, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
    Stephen Milder (Rutgers University) will present his book project, providing a fascinating new perspective on German and transnational environmentalism as well as anti-nuclear activism in a pivotal period. The talk is part of the Berlin Brandenburg Colloquium on Environmental History series, jointly organized by Astrid M. Kirchhof (Humboldt-University Berlin) and Jan-Henrik Meyer (NYU Berlin). 
  • 1945 – 1989 – 2014: Jews and Jewish Life in Germany
    Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 1:45pm – 3:00pm
    A lunchtime session hosted by Gabriella Etmektsoglou exploring Jewish life in Germany during three historical time periods. Our three speakers, Professor Atina Grossmann (Cooper Union, New York; 2014-15 Guest Professor, Humboldt University), NYUB Professor Eva Lezzi and Ernst-Ludwig-Ehrlich-Studienwerk (ELES) fellow Alana Gramm will cover topics on Jewish life in and around 1945, 1989, and present day respectively.
  • Artist Talk with Video Artist Ulu Braun
    Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 1:45pm – 3:00pm
    An artist talk with Ulu Braun, an award-winning video artist explores the field between the visual arts and auteur cinema since 1997. Braun is one of the key figures who have transferred painting into video art and have played a significant role in defining and further developing the genre of video collage. His works have been exhibited in museums and galleries, screened at film festivals, and have won him multiple grants and awards, such as the 2014 Berlin Art Prize.

Spring Semester 2014

  • Ghost Dance in Berlin: Bittersweet Musings of an American Author of German-Speaking Jewish Heritage
    Tuesday, March 18th, 2014, 1:45pm – 3:00pm
    An author talk with Peter Wortsman
  • The First World War: 100 Years later – Does it still matter?
    Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 1:45 – 3:00pm
    A lunchtime discussion panel marking the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, with contributions from three distinguished historians of the period. Professors William Mulligan (University College Dublin), Christoph Nübel (Humboldt University) and Björn Hofmeister (Free University) discussed the First World War as the first total war, the immediate impact on German history, the “war guilt” debate in histography and whether it is still influencing international politics today.

Fall Semester 2013

  • Speculative Certainty: Art as Knowledge Production
    Tuesday, November 26th, 2013, 1:45pm,
    NYU Berlin’s open-access lecture series curated by Professors Andrew Graydon and Alex Arteaga.

Spring Semester 2013

  • Screening of "Berlin – Symphony of a Metropolis" with Live Soundtrack by Tronthaim
    Wednesday, March 20th, 2013, 7:45pm
    Central Kino, Rosenthaler Straße 39
  • A Dream Deferred? (Equal) Opportunities for Migrants in German Society and the Labor Market
    Thursday, March 7th, 2013, 7:00pm
    Science Forum on Gendarmenmarkt Square
  • Currency Exchange: An Exhibition by NYU Berlin students at the Berlinische Galerie
    Friday, May 3rd to Sunday, May 5th, 2013, 6:30pm
    Alte Jakobstraße 124, 10969 Berlin
  • Gallatin Symposium on Ethnicity, Migration & Citizenship
    Friday, May 3rd & Saturday, May 4th, 2013
    A symposium on ethnicity, migration, and citizenship, bringing together faculty from NYU sites in Europe as well as faculty from NYU sites in Europe as well as faculty from NYU New York, to explore how issues of ethnicity, religion and migration are reshaping the meaning and practice of citizenship.

Fall Semester 2012

  • Lunchtime Seminar with Harald Leibrecht (FDP), Member of the German Bundestag and Coordinator for Transatlantic Cooperation
    Tuesday, November 27th, 2012, 1:45pm
  • Lunchtime Seminar with Professor Lora Viola (Free University, John F. Kennedy Institute)
    Tuesday, November 20th, 2012, 1:45pm
  • NYUB & Humboldt University Conference on Global Higher Education
    Thursday, November 8th & Friday, November 9th, 2012
  • Berlin Wall Memories – two lunchtime events
    October 2nd and October 9th, 2012, 1:45pm
    with Claudia Rusch (author), Joseph Pearson (historian), and the Berlin’s Story Project of NYUB students


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