Susan Neiman delivers an urgently needed perspective on how a country can come to terms with its historical wrongdoings.




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Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil

Lecture / via YouTube Livestream

The event takes place online and will be streamed live on YouTube.
Click here to watch the YouTube livestream.


Prof. Dr. Susan Neiman delivers an urgently needed perspective on how a country can come to terms with its historical wrongdoings. Neiman grew up as a white girl in the American South during the civil rights movement and she is a Jewish woman who has spent much of her adult life in Berlin. She uses this unique perspective to combine philosophical reflection, personal history, and conversations with both Americans and Germans who are grappling with the evils of their national histories. She also provides examples for other nations, whether they are facing resurgent nationalism, ongoing debates over reparations, or controversies surrounding historical monuments and the contested memories they evoke.


Prof. Dr. Susan Neiman is director of the Einstein Forum. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Neiman studied philosophy at Harvard and at the Freie Universität Berlin, and was a professor of philosophy at Yale and Tel Aviv University. She is the author of  Slow Fire: Jewish Notes from Berlin, The Unity of Reason: Rereading Kant, Evil in Modern Thought, Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grown-up Idealists, Why Grow Up?



Welcome remarks: Prof. Dr. Mirjam Zadoff, NS-Dokumentationszentrum München


Moderation: Prof. Dr. Volker Depkat, Universität Regensburg / Bayerische Amerika-Akademie


Please note: 

Following the talk, you may ask Susan Neiman your questions online. If you prefer to do so even before the lecture, you can write us an e-mail at info@amerika-akademie.de – just include “Question for Susan Neiman” in the subject line.


Organizers: Bayerische Amerika-Akademie in cooperation with the NS-Dokumentationszentrum München


Contact: Dr. Margaretha Schweiger-Wilhelm



(Photo: Susan Neiman © Cindy König)


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