NYU’s Deutsches Haus will award the fifth-annual Volkmar and Margret Sander Prize to Karsten Voigt, the distinguished former coordinator of German-North American Cooperation at the Foreign Office of Germany, at a ceremony on Fri., Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m. at its Greenwich Village location (42 Washington Mews at University Place).
The event will include remarks by David Gill, the consul general of the Federal Republic of Germany in New York, and a musical performance of Franz Schubert lieder by Samantha Malk (mezzo soprano) and Michael Brofman (piano).
Voigt served as the coordinator of German-North American Cooperation at the Foreign Office of Germany from 1999 to 2010, having previously served as a member of the German Parliament (1976–1998), a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of NATO (1977–1998), and as a chairman of Jusos, the Young Socialists in the Social Democratic Party, from 1969 to 1972.
Voigt is a member of the board of Aspen-Germany and also a member of the board of the German Council on Foreign Policy. Voigt studied history, German, and Scandanavian languages and literature at the Universities of Hamburg, Copenhagen, and Frankfurt from 1960 to 1969.
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, who passed away in 2011.
The prize was awarded for the first time in 2013 to the late Professor Fritz Stern and, in the following year, to Gary Smith, then the executive director of the American Academy in Berlin, to Lya Friedrich Pfeifer, the president of the Max Kade Foundation, Inc., in 2015, and to Claus Leggewie in 2016. It is given annually in October and is endowed with a $5000 grant, supported by Margret Sander, and honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the cultural, political, and academic relationship between the German-speaking world and the United States.
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