Monday, December 4th
University of Zurich, Rämistrasse 71, Aula, KOL-G-201
President of the Federal Republic of Germany
Europe – once a promise – today a dispute
In cooperation with the Europa Institute at the University of Zurich (EIZ)
On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill’s speech in Zurich, the first Churchill Symposium took place in 1996. Since then, the EIZ has organized an annual conference in cooperation with the Swiss Institute for Foreign Cultural Studies, the British Swiss Chamber of Commerce (BSCC) and with support from Swiss Re.
The lecture is open to the public. No advance booking required. No seat reservation possible.*
Joachim Gauck, born in 1940 in Rostock, studied theology and is a former protestant pastor. He co-initiated the clerical and public resistance against the SED dictatorship in East Germany, and from March 1990 was a deputy for ‘Alliance 90’ in the East German People’s Chamber when it was freely elected for the first time. For around ten years he was Federal Commissioner for the Files of the State Security Service of former GDR, also known as the ‘Gauck Commission’. On 18 March 2012, the German Federal Assembly elected Joachim Gauck as the eleventh president of the Federal Republic of Germany (until 2017). ‘For grown-ups, freedom has another name: responsibility’, according to his guiding principle.
*Please note that the number of seats is limited. A live broadcast will be provided in additional rooms. The events are recorded in sound and video and published on our website a few days later.
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