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This summer semester - from April to July - Freie Universität Berlin is once again offering the opportunity to attend three public lecture series. The lecture series are part of the "Open Lecture Hall" program, which has been inviting everyone - whether enrolled or not - to lectures and discussions for exactly 40 years.


In the course of the summer semester 2023, renowned scientists from various disciplines will talk about myths and legends surrounding the historical figure of Alexander the Great. A second public lecture series will focus on crises, culture and science in Berlin one hundred years ago. The theme of the third series is the future from the perspective of the humanities.

Some of the lectures can also be followed from home via livestream. Admission is free, registration is not required.

Every semester - for exactly 40 years - Freie Universität Berlin has opened its lecture halls to anyone interested in science. A wide variety of insights into research at Freie Universität and at international partner universities are offered - presented in a way that is easy to understand, scientifically based, and entertaining.

"We are now looking back on 40 years of extracurricular offerings," says Prof. Dr. Günter M. Ziegler, President of Freie Universität Berlin. And this summer semester, he said, the spectrum of topics offered in the "Open Lecture Hall" is also broad and addresses issues of high scientific and social significance. The importance of the Open Lecture Hall, the quality of the events and the commitment of the citizens are to be emphasized in a special way, emphasizes the university president. Addressing interested parties and participants, he adds: "No study regulations require you to participate, you attend the events of the Center for Continuing Education out of interest and commitment - for this I thank you sincerely, our university understands you as a great enrichment."

Time and place of lectures

Critique and Future of the Liberal Script. On the causes of disputes about and in liberal orders.
  • Mondays 18.15 - 19.45, Start: 16.10.2023
  • Conception: Prof. Dr. Tanja A. Börzel
  • Freie Universität Berlin, Lecture Hall 1b, Rostlaube, Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin (U3 Dahlem-Dorf or Freie Universität Berlin (Thielplatz); Bus 110, M11, X83)

History of Freie Universität. Topography, Institution, Heritage
  • Tuesdays 18.15 - 19.45, Start: 24.10.2023
  • Prof. Dr. Jan Lazardzig and Lisa-Frederike Seidler, M.A.
  • Freie Universität Berlin, Lecture Hall 1a, Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin (U3 Dahlem-Dorf or Freie Universität Berlin (Thielplatz); Bus 110, M11, X83)

Terrorism. Political Violence from Antiquity to the Present Day
  • Wednesdays 16.15 - 17.45, Start: 25.10.2023
  • Prof. Dr. Arnd Bauerkämper and Prof. Dr. Thomas Ertl
  • Lecture Hall B, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Koserstr. 20, 14195 Berlin (U3 Dahlem-Dorf or Freie Universität Berlin (Thielplatz); Bus 110, M11, X83)

Diversity creates science - science creates diversity.
  • Thursdays 16.15 - 17.45, Start: Friday (!), 20.10.2023, 16.15 - 17.45
  • Prof. Dr. Martina Erlemann, Prof. Dr. Petra Lucht, Dr. Tanja Kubes, Dr. Sarah Huch, Dr. Anina Mischau, Sera-Renée Zentiks
  • Lecture Hall B, Department of Chemistry, Biology, Pharmacy Arnimallee 22, 14195 Berlin, U3 Dahlem-Dorf, Bus 110, M 11, X 83

Language: German
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