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EMILY NASRALLAH RECEIVES GOETHE MEDAL
The 2017 Goethe Medals go to the writer Emily Nasrallah of Lebanon, the publisher Urvashi Butalia of India and civil rights activist Irina Shcherbakova of Russia. Every year the Goethe-Institut confers the official decoration of the Federal Republic of Germany to honour figures who have performed outstanding service for international cultural dialogue. Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, president of the Goethe-Institut, will present the medals at Weimar’s Residenzschloss on 28 August. The laudatory speeches will be held by the former Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Records Marianne Birthler, the journalist Emily Dische-Becker and the sociologist Christa Wichterich.