Deutsches Haus at NYU is proud to award the 2019 Volkmar and Margret Sander Prize to Susan Neiman, the director of the Einstein Forum.

Susan Neiman is the director of the Einstein Forum, a German-based institution fostering intellectual innovation. A moral philosopher, she has authored several books, including Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil; Slow Fire: Jewish Notes from Berlin; The Unity of Reason: Rereading Kant; Evil in Modern Thought; and Why Grow Up? Subversive Thoughts for an Infantile Age.

The ceremony will take place October 18 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Deutsches Haus at NYU. Sander Gilman, distinguished professor at Emory University, will present a speech honoring Neiman, after which soprano Devony Smith and pianist Danny Zelibor will perform.

Deutsches Haus at NYU is located at 42 Washington Mews (between University Place and Fifth Avenue), and is free and open to the public. Those interested in attending should RSVP. For more information, call 212-998-8660 or visit the website of Deutsches Haus at NYU. [Subways: R, W (8th Street); 6 (Astor Place); A, B, C, D, E, F, M (West 4th Street).]

About Susan Neiman:
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Neiman studied philosophy at Harvard and the Free University of Berlin. She served as professor of philosophy at Yale University and later at Tel Aviv University, before joining the Einstein Forum in 2000. She is a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Akademie der Wissenschaft and the American Philosophical Society. Her major works include Evil in Modern Thought; Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grown-up Idealists; Why Grow Up? Subversive Thoughts for an Infantile Age; and Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil.

About the Sander L. Gilman:
Sander L. Gilman is a distinguished professor of the liberal arts and science, as well as a professor of psychiatry at Emory University. A cultural and literary historian, he is the author or editor of well over ninety books, including 2018’s Stand Up Straight! A History of Posture. For twenty-five years, he was a member of the humanities and medical faculties at Cornell University, where he held the Goldwin Smith Professorship of Humane Studies. 

About the prize:
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 prize has been awarded annually in October since 2013, and is endowed with a $5,000 grant—kindly donated by Margret Sander—to honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the cultural, political, and academic relationship between the German-speaking world and the United States. Former prize winners have included the late professor Fritz Stern (2013), Gary Smith (2014), Lya Friedrich Pfeifer (2014), Claus Leggewie (2015), Karsten Voigt (2017), and Henry Jarecki (2018).

About Deutsches Haus:
Deutsches Haus at NYU is New York’s leading institution for the culture and language of the German-speaking world. Located in historic Greenwich Village, 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 children's program.


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