Hall of Fame – Carl Schurz Haus


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

07.11.2012 - 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, gest. 24.01.2012 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 forThe 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 (*1938), 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.