• Lunch with...

    Controversial table talks

What is Lunch with...?

At the beginning of the year 2020, the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft established a series of lunchtime dialogues. These commence with a keynote speech held by a special guest, followed by a moderated conversation with a small group of invitees. The “Lunch with…” series centres on topics stemming from the intellectual legacy of Alfred Herrhausen as well as on current impulses from our programmes Europe, Cities and Free Thinking. These topics are taken up by our speakers, further reflected upon, and embedded into future-oriented discourses. The leitmotif of these events is free thought – versatile and preferably controversial.

Why Lunch with...?

“Lunch with….” deepens current discourses, opens up new discussions and connects them with Alfred Herrhausen's theses and ideas. The small circle of participants creates an ideal situation for critical, interdisciplinary reflection, in which opposing views merge into a constructive dialogue. With the “Lunch with...” series, we aim to develop and provide concrete and forward-looking impulses for politics, culture, economy and society as a whole. 

How does Lunch with... work?

We cordially invite courageous thinkers to share their ideas with us and our guests, to engage in discussion and to “think forwards” together. Whether politician, expert, student or citizen representative - we look forward to a lively exchange. So far, we have been joined by:

  • Janka Oertel, Director Asia Programme & Senior Policy Fellow of the European Council on Foreign Relations ECFR
  • Henrik Enderlein, Professor of Political Economy and Director of the Jacques Delors Institute at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin
  • Ulrike Guérot, Professor and Head of the Department for European Politics and the Study of Democracy at the Danube University Krems.
  • Andreas Schleicher, Director of the OECD Directorate for Education and Skills
  • Thomas Straubhaar, Swiss-German economist
  • Martin Stuchtey, geologist and economist
  • Andreas Dombret, Global Senior Advisor at Oliver Wyman and former member of the executive board of the Deutsche Bundesbank (from 2010 to 2018)
  • Bernd Villhauer, philosopher and Managing Director of the Weltethos Institute at the University of Tübingen
  • Dr. Katarina Barley, Vice President of the European Parliament

Are you interested and/or do you have a recommendation for these talks? Then please contact Antonia Marx, Samuel Walker or Alexandra Hunger

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