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Goethe Annual Lecture

In the tradition of our previous series, the Brady Lecture, the Goethe Annual Lecture invites acclaimed speakers to share their perspectives on the themes that we explore through our cultural work, and on the most pressing issues that societies are facing in the United Kingdom, Germany and worldwide. 

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Goethe Annual Lecture 2021

Professor Dan Hicks on the topic: "Unrechtskontexte" (Contexts of injustics): Dismantling colonial legacies from Berlin to London. 

Photo of Sharon Dodua Otoo © Sharon Dodua Otoo

Goethe Annual Lecture 2020

Sharon Dodua Otto on the topic: "Some kind of tomorrow": Honouring the visions of the Black Feminist creative authors. 

Previous speakers

Past speakers of our annual Lecture include John Kampfner (2019), Brendan Simms (2018), Anne McElvoy (2017), Neil MacGregor (2016), Christopher Clark (2014), David Chipperfield (2012), Norman Rosenthal (2010), Tacita Dean (2006), Peter Jonas (2005), Ian Kershaw (2003), Richard Wentworth (2002) and AS Byatt (2001).

You can view recordings of previous lectures by following the link here.