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Saturday, October 19 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Learning from the Germans

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As an increasingly polarized America fights over the legacy of racism, Susan Neiman, author of the contemporary philosophical classic Evil in Modern Thought, asks what we can learn from the Germans about confronting the evils of the past. In the wake of white nationalist attacks, the ongoing debate over reparations, and the controversy surrounding Confederate monuments and the contested memories they evoke, Neiman’s Learning from the Germans delivers an urgently needed perspective on how a country can come to terms with its historical wrongdoings. Neiman is a white woman who came of age in the civil rights–era South and a Jewish woman who has spent much of her adult life in Berlin. Working from this unique perspective, she combines philosophical reflection, personal stories, and interviews with both Americans and Germans who are grappling with the evils of their own national histories. Neiman will be interviewed by Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook, the founding Executive Director of the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Harvard Kennedy School.

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Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook

Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook is the current executive director of the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship. A German and American national, she is also the founding executive director of the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Harvard Kennedy School. Ashbrook is a former... Read More →

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Susan Neiman

Susan Neiman is a philosopher, writer, and the director of the Einstein Forum. She studied philosophy at Harvard and the Freie Universität Berlin and was previously professor of philosophy at Yale and Tel Aviv University. Her works include Slow Fire: Jewish Notes from Berlin, The... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
199 Commonwealth Ave 199 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA, 02116