The prestigious annual prize was first awarded in 2013.

Deutsches Haus at New York University will proudly award the third annual Volkmar and Margret Sander Prize to the distinguished President of the Max Kade Foundation, Inc., Ms. Lya Friedrich Pfeifer on Friday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m.

The award ceremony takes place at Deutsches Haus at NYU, 42 Washington Mews (at University Place), New York, NY (tel. 212.998.8660).

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Walter Hinderer, Professor Emeritus of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University, will hold the laudatory speech in honor of Lya Friedrich Pfeifer.

A musical performance of Lieder by Franz Schubert with Kristina Bachrach (soprano) and Miori Sugiyama (piano) will conclude the award ceremony.

Lya Friedrich Pfeifer – President of the Max Kade Foundation, Inc. since 2003 – has used her cultural heritage, education, and career to further the cause of mutual understanding and cultural and educational exchange between the peoples of Germany and the United States. Through her leadership, the Foundation has become one of the most influential and involved bastions of promoting and strengthening Germany-U.S. ties. Lya Friedrich Pfeifer is a recipient of Germany’s Knights’ Cross of the Order of Merit (Verdienstkreuz am Bande 1. Klasse) and serves as Director and President of the German-American School Association of New York, Director and Vice President of the German American Partnership Program, New York (GAPP), Director and President of Friends of Goethe, New York, Inc., Director of the Liederkranz Foundation, Inc., and member of the Advisory Committee of Deutsches Haus at NYU, to name a few of her many contributions to the dialogue between Germany and the United States.

The Volkmar and Margret Sander Prize was established by Professor Margret Sander in memory of her late husband, Professor Volkmar Sander, former head of the German Department of NYU and founder and first director of Deutsches Haus at NYU. The prestigious annual prize, which was awarded for the first time in 2013 to Professor Fritz Stern and to Dr. Gary Smith in 2014, is endowed with a $5000 grant, and honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the cultural, political, and academic relationship between the German-speaking world and the United States.


About Deutsches Haus at NYU

Deutsches Haus is New York’s leading institution for culture and language of the German-speaking world. Located in the historic Greenwich Village district, Deutsches Haus is an integral part of New York University. Since 1977, it has provided New Yorkers with a unique forum for cultural, intellectual, and artistic exchange with Germany, Austria, and Switzerland through its three pillars: the language program, the cultural program, and the kids program. Visit Deutsches Haus today.


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