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The Humboldt Forum is a site with 800 years of chequered and eventful history – a place at the heart of controversial debates. In this instance: A gold cross on a cultural institution? In today’s secular, diverse society?

A golden inscription around the base of the cupola, shining out over the rooftops of Berlin-Mitte with the words ‘Es ist in keinem andern Heil, ist auch kein anderer Name den Menschen gegeben, denn in dem Namen Jesu, zur Ehre Gottes des Vaters. Dass in dem Namen Jesu sich beugen sollen aller derer Knie, die im Himmel und auf Erden und unter der Erde sind.’ (Salvation is found in no other name but in the name of Jesus, to the glory of God the Father. That at the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth).

The quote, created by Friedrich Wilhelm IV himself, and taken from several Bible verses, was installed in 1848. Why? How should we interpret it? What statement is/was being made? When? By whom? What is the historical context of its origins? And how do we, as a cosmopolitan venue for culture and science, for exchange and diversity, deal with these symbols of power in the present day? How should we regard them today?

A viewpoint and a warm invitation to join in the discussion – with our guests Dr Johanna Di Blasi, cultural journalist and art critic, Dr Noa Ha, postcolonial urban researcher and acting research director at the German Centre for Integration and Migration Research, and Sven Lochmann & Konrad Miller, the two founders of the Leuchtturm Berlin initiative. Also taking part will be: Dr Alfred Hagemann, Head of Department for the History of the Site at the Humboldt Forum, Prof Dr Gabi Dolff-Bonekämper, art historian and Professor of Monument Conservation and Urban Heritage at the TU Berlin, Dr Laura Goldenbaum, research assistant, Annette Ueberlein, art producer.

Hosted by
Friderike Sittler, journalist and Head of Department for Background, Culture and Politics at Deutschlandfunk Kultur.

Welcome address
Hartmut Dorgerloh, General Director of the Humboldt Forum

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