Hall of Fame – Carl Schurz Haus


28.02.2018 - Adam Haslett, an American writer and lawyer. His novel Imagine Me Gone won the 2017 LA Times Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Kirkus Prize, the Carnegie Medal, and was long-listed for the National Book Award.

20.02.2016 - Andrea Baker, a British-American mezzo-soprano. With Sing Sistah Sing! she tells her own deeply personal story and pays homage to many of the women who paved her way.

01.12.2017 - Colson Whitehead, an American novelist, is the author of six novels, including The Underground Railroad, for which he won the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction and was longlisted for 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

17.11.2016 - Ariel Levy, an American staff writer at The New Yorker magazine and the author of The Rules do Not Apply and Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture reads from her autobiography The Rules do not Apply.

19.10.2016 - Deborah Feldman, an American writer based in Germany. She grew up as a member of the Hasidic Satmar group in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and is known for her 2012 autobiography Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots. Her second book Exodus was published in 2014.

15.03.2016 - Hanya Yanagihara, an American novelist, editor, travel writer and Editor-in-Chief of T: The New York Times Style Magazine, reads from her second novel A Little Life which was on the shortlists of the Man Booker Prize (2015) and the National Book Award.

07.02.2016 - Elmar Theveßen, German TV journalist, Editor-in-Chief and Head of News at ZDF German Television. He talks about Die Herausforderung – Islamistischer Terror oder Kampf der Kulturen? Sind von der Regierung Trump neue Konzepte zu erwarten?

18.10.2016 - Fiston Mwanza Mujila, a Congolese writer, composes his texts “like a jazz musician.” His first novel Tram 83 was placed on the long list of the Man Booker International Prize and the Prix du Monde and was awarded the Etisalat Prize for Literature and the Internationaler Literaturpreis from Haus der Kulturen der Welt.

06.10.2016 - John C. Kornblum, American diplomat and businessman, one of the leading experts on transatlantic economic and political affairs, served as the U.S. ambassador to Germany. He will give a lecture on Eurocalypse Now“ – Hat das Projekt Europa eine Zukunft (I)?

02.10.2016 - Joseph Stiglitz, American economist and a professor at Columbia University, recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science (2001) and the John Bates Clark Medal (1979), former senior vice president and chief economist of the World Bank talks about Europa spart sich kaputt. Warum die Krisenpolitik gescheitert ist und der Euro einen Neustart braucht.

20.09.2016 - Nell Zink, an American novelist, whose novel Mislaid was longlisted for the National Book Award, reads from The Wallcreeper which was named one of 100 notable books of 2014 by The New York Times.

04.05.2016 - Camilo José Vergara is a Chilean-born, New York-based writer, photographer and documentarian. His work on lowincome, segregated communities in urban America has won numerous accolades. In his lecture The American Ghetto After Midnight he combines visual exploration and presentation with historical and sociological analysis.

03.03.2016 - Uwe Timm, one of the most distinguished writers of the German postwar period, reads from Carl Schurz’s autobiography Lebenserinnerungen.

02.07.2015 - Teju Cole, American and Nigerian writer, photographer and art historian, winner of the 2012 PEN/Hemingway Award and many other awards, reads from Every Day is for the Thief.

24.06.2015 - Kei Miller, a Jamaican poet, is one of the most distinct vices in contemporary poetry. He reads from The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion.

18.05.2015 - Lamya Kaddor, German scholar of Islamic studies of Syrian ancestry, a writer and founder and chairwoman of the Liberal-Islamic Association (LIB e.V.). She speaks about Wie gelingt Integration? Muslime in den USA und Deutschland – ein Vergleich.

07.05.2015 - Joanne Shenandoah, one of the most important voices for the Native American country, a Grammy and multiple Nammy award winning musician, singer, actor, lecturer, educator will present her most famous and latest compositions.

27.03.2015 - Rachel Kushner, the twice National Book Award-nominated author oft two novels reads from The Flamethrowers.

24.03.2015 - Ishmael Reed, one of today’s pre-eminent African American literary figures. He works as a poet, novelist, essayist, songwriter, playwright, editor and publisher.

03.03.2015 – Susan Neiman, an American philosopher and director of the Einstein Forum in Potsdam. She talks about Why grow up?

05.12.2014 - Navid Kermani, author of several novels as well as books and essays on Islam, the Middle East and Christian-Muslim dialogue. Among others, he won the Peace Prize of the German Booksellers' Association in 2015. He reads from Das Buch der von Neil Young Getöteten.

28.04.2014 - Colson Whitehead, an American novelist. His non-fiction, essays and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Granta, and Harper's. He reads from Zone One, a New York Times Bestseller.

29.10.2013 - Louis Begley is a Polish-born Jewish American novelist. His first novel, Wartime Lies, won multiple literary prizes. Another novel, About Schmidt was made into a movie starring Jack Nicholson. He reads from Memories of a Marriage.

17.10.2013Low Brow Art. Exposed are reproductions of the artworks of Todd Schorr, Mark Ryden, Robert Williams, Ed Rose, Camilla Garcia and originals of the collections of Feinkunst Krüger in Hamburg.

14.06.2013 - Adam Johnson, American novelist and short story writer. He won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. He reads from The Orphan Master’s Son.

17.04.2013 - Taiye Selasi, a British-American writer and photographer of Nigerian and Ghanaian origin coined the term Afropolitan and is hailed as one of the big cosmopolitan literary novelists of our time. She reads from her impressive debut Ghana must go.

31.10.2012 - Joanne Shenandoah, one of the most important voices for the Native American country, a Grammy and multiple Nammy award winning musician, singer, actor, lecturer, educator plays live.

22.10.2012 - Klaus Scherer, Washington D.C., journalist, author and awardee of the Grimme price talks about the political situation shortly before the Presidential election.

08.05.2012 - T.C. Boyle, USA – Acclaimed American author of numerous novels reads from his latest work When the Killing is Done in front of an audience of 1.000 people.

07.11.2011 - Prof. Dr. Abdul Rahman Ashraf, Ambassador of Afghanistan to Germany visits the Carl-Schurz-Haus where Steve McCurry’s exhibit Journeys in Afghanistan is showing.

25.10.2011 - Philip D. Murphy, Ambassador of the United States to Germany inaugurates first Carl-Schurz-Lecture.

17.04.2011 - Todd Gitlin, Professor of Journalism at Columbia University, Founder of SDS talks about the Financial Crisis and the Media.

17.03.2011 - Maxine Hong Kingston, civil rights activist and acclaimed Chinese-American author reads from her famous work The Woman Warrior.

11.04.2010 - Nancy Fraser, USA – political scientist and one of the most famous American feminists (*1947), offering new critical perspectives on the crises of capitalism.

Lecture: Rethinking Capitalist Crisis. On Marketization, Social Protection, Emancipation

10.02.2010 - Berndt Ostendorf, München – renowned German scholar in the field of American literature and Cultural Studies (*1940), widely noted for his studies on multiculturalism.

Lecture: Bacchus in der Neuen Welt. Eine Kulturgeschichte des amerikanischen Weins

07.02.2010 - Jeremy Rifkin, USA – one of the most popular social thinkers of our time and bestselling author, economist, public speaker, and activist (*1943); founder and president of the Foundation on Economic Trends.

Lecture: The Empathic Civilization. The Race to Global Consciousness in a World of Crisis

01.12.2009 - Susan Howe, USA – American poet and critic (*1937), associated with avant-garde language poetry, also famous for her creative scholarship on Emily Dickinson.

Reading: Susan Howe’s Poems and Documents

27.11.2009 - Claus Kleber, Mainz – one of the most distinguished and prize-winning German journalists (*1955), ZDF's primetime news frontman and director of several documentaries on the US and the nuclear threat, long-time foreign correspondent in Washington DC.

Lecture: Krieg und Medien in den USA

22.11.2009 - Ernest Callenbach, USA – film scholar, author, and journalist (*1929), well-known author of green books, particularly his ecological utopias Ecotopia (1975) and Ecotopia Emerging (1981).

Lecture: From Capitalism to Ecotopia

02.11.2009 - Elisabeth Bronfen, Zürich – renowned literary scholar, cultural theoretician, and psychoanalyst (*1958), specialist in the fields of gender studies, film, cultural theory, and art.   

Lecture: Sich vom Krieg ein Bild machen. Eine kleine Fotogeschichte vom amerikanischen Bürgerkrieg bis zu Abu Ghraib

29.10.2009 - Carl Weissner, Mannheim – German author and influential literary agent (1940 - 2012) in Mannheim); celebrated translator (and personal friend) of Charles Bukowski, William S. Burroughs, and Alan Ginsberg; well-known for his translations of Bob Dylan and Frank Zappa

Reading: Carl Weissner liest Bukowski

25.02.2009 - Walter Pincus, USA – (*1937) national security journalist of The Washington Post and Pulitzer Prize laureate (2002), famous for his coverage of the Watergate scandal 1974.            

Lecture: What Has Happened to the American Press?

13.01.2009 - Prof. Dr. Marcia Pally, USA – sociologist, journalist and cultural critic, founder of the organization Feminists for Free Expression.

Lecture: The Influence of Religion on US Foreign Policy – Past and Future

24.06.2007 - Prof. Saskia Sassen, USA – sociologist and economist (*1949), noted for her analyses of globalization and international human migration, invented the term Global City.

Lecture: Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages

19.11.2006 - Prof. Joseph Stiglitz, USA – economist and Nobel Prize laureate 2001 (*1943), known for his critique of the management of globalization and free-market economists (whom he calls "free market fundamentalists").

Lecture: Making Globalization Work: Über die Chance der Globalisierung

10.07.2006 - Prof. Dr. John Searle, USA – philosopher (*1932), widely noted for his contributions to the philosophy of language, philosophy of mind and social philosophy, as well as for his speech-act theory.

Lecture: What is Language?

16.02.2006 - Amiri Baraka, USA – African American poet, dramatist, and music critic (*1934), best known as the Father of the Black Arts Movement.

Reading/Lecture: The Living Beat

14.02.2005 - Avi Primor, Israel – diplomat and publicist (*1935), ambassador of Israel to Germany (1993-1999).

Lecture: Terror als Vorwand

30.06.2003 - Rudy Wiebe, Canada – author (*1934), won international awards for The Temptations of Big Bear (1973) and A Discovery of Strangers (1994) as well as for his Mennonite memoirs.

Reading/Lecture: Sweeter Than All the World

25.10.2002 - Michael Ballhaus, Los Angeles/Berlin – German cinematographer and Director of Photography (*1935), worked with Rainer Werner Fassbinder on sixteen films and became one of Hollywood’s most sought-after cameramen; developed the legendary 360-degree tracking shot in which the camera moves in a circle around the actor.

Book and film presentation, panel discussion

28.10.2001 - Ernest Callenbach, USA – film scholar, author, and journalist (*1929), well-known author of green books, particularly his ecological utopias Ecotopia (1975) and Ecotopia Emerging (1981).

Lecture: Ökotopia

28.03.2001 - Louis Begley, USA – Jewish-American author (*1933), best known for his novels Wartime Lies (1991) and About Schmidt (1996) the movie adaption of which has been nominated for an Oscar in 2002.

Schmidt Delivered

26.03.2001 - Gioconda Belli, Nicaragua/USA – author, novelist and renowned Nicaraquan poet (*1948), active participant in the Sandinista struggle against the Somoza dictatorship.

Reading: Die Verteidigung des Glücks

20.04.1999 - Slavoj Žižek, USA – sociologist, psychoanalyst, philosopher, and cultural critic (*1949), well known for using Jacques Lacan's psychoanalytical theories for a new reading of popular culture.

Lecture: Liebe deinen Nächsten? Nein, danke! Die Sackgasse des Sozialen in der Postmoderne

13.05.1998 - Chaim Potok, USA – American Jewish author and rabbi (1929-2002), famous for his novels The Chosen (1967) and The Promise (1969).

Reading: The Gates of November / Novembernächte

23.04.1997 - Prof. Dr. Carl Djerassi, USA – Nobel-prize winning chemist, novelist, and playwright best known for his the development of the first oral contraceptive pill (*1923).

Lecture: Von der Pille zur Feder

07.05.1997 - Joyce Johnson, USA – author of fiction and nonfiction (* 1935), award for the memoir Minor Characters (1987) about her relationship with Jack Kerouac.

Reading with music and slides

18.05.1996 - Robert Wilson, USA – American avant-garde stage director and playwright (*1941) who has been called "[America]'s — or even the world's — foremost vanguard 'theater artist’”.

Performance & Lecture

28.01.1994 - Naomi Wolf, USA – feminist writer and political activist (*1962), leading spokesperson of what was later described as third-wave feminism.

Lecture: Power Feminism: Towards a New Understanding of Female Power

10.12.1993 - George McGovern, USA –  former United States Representative, Senator, and Democratic presidential nominee (*1922).

Lecture: Beyond the Cold War: America and the New Global Challenge

Honorary Lecture

28.10.1993 - Kate Millett, USA  – feminist writer and activist (*1934), author of Sexual Politics (1970), a classic text of feminist literature.

Lecture: Entmenschlicht. Versuch über die Praktiken der Psychiatrie

24.06.1991 - Gerald Vizenor, USA – Native American writer (*1934), best known for his novel Bearheart: The Heirship Chronicles (1990) and for deconstructing the idea of Indianness.


06.05.1991 - Ronald Sukenick, USA –American writer and literary theorist (1932-2004), proclaimed The Death of the Novel (1989)


1988 - Ishmael Reed, USA – African-American poet, essayist, and novelist, one of today's pre-eminent African American literary figures, and, along with Amiri Baraka, probably the most controversial.


1973 - Prof. Ihab Hassan, USA – literary theorist (*1925), well known for his Concept of Postmodernism.

Lecture: Avant-Garde Trends in Contemporary American Fiction

1968 - Prof. Dr. Leslie A. Fiedler, USA – literary theorist and critic (1917-2003), famous for his groundbreaking work on postmodernism.

Lecture: Close the Gap – Cross the Border: The Case for Post-Modernism



03.04.2009 - Barack Obama, USA, at Townhall Meeting Strasbourg

Selected members and friends of the Carl-Schurz-Haus attended the Town Hall Meeting in Strasbourg where Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, connected with German and French Youth.