The Barenboim-Said Akademie and the Pierre Boulez Saal host several literary, historical and musicological lectures throughout the 2018-19 season.


How have societies that produced regimes of terror come to terms with the record of evil they have left behind in their own countries or those they invaded and occupied? Comparing the processing of the past in Germany, Japan and the USA will illustrate similarities and major differences.  

A lecture series by Prof. Dr. Manfred Henningsen

Prof. Dr. Manfred Henningsen completed his studies in political science, history, and literature at the Free University in Berlin and the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, where he received his Ph.D. with a study of A. J. Toynbee and his monumental universal history in 1967. Since 1970, Henningsen has been Professor of Political Science at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu.

Since the publication of his dissertation, Menschheit und Geschichte, in 1967 and co-editing and contributing to a 14-volume history of political thought, he has published a book on European Anti-Americanism since the French Revolution, Der Fall Amerika (1974), and many articles and essays in German and American professional journals and the cultural journal Merkur. In 2009, he followed up the first book on America with a study of American self-interpretations, Der Mythos Amerika. In the past years, his research has focused on “Regimes of Terror/ Regimes of Memory.” Henningsen has lectured on the subject all over the world and recently finished the manuscript for a book on this topic. 

May 15, 7 pm: From Silence to Recognition: The Story of the German Processing of the Past

May 29, 7 pm: The Politics of Forgetting and Remembering: Germany and Japan

June 5, 7 pm: The White Republic and Black Memory

All lectures will be held in English.
Free admission. Please reserve a numbered ticket online, by phone or at the box office.