S3E13 – “Learning from the Germans” – a virtual talk with Dr. Susan Neiman

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S3E13 - "Learning from the Germans" - a virtual talk with Dr. Susan Neiman

Today’s episode is the podcast version of a virtual talk with Dr. Susan Neiman; “Learning from the Germans”.

Susan Neiman directs Berlin’s Einstein Forum, a public think tank for the state of Brandenburg. She has lived in Berlin for most of her adult life but was born and raised in the southern United States. For this book, she spent three years interviewing people in both Germany and the United States. In her book, she asks what we can learn from the Germans about confronting past evils, the concept of Vergangenheitsaufarbeitung, “working off the past”, and how communities can come together to remember and move forward.

Her other works include Slow Fire: Jewish Notes from Berlin, The Unity of Reason: Rereading Kant, Evil in Modern Thought, Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grownup Idealists, and Why Grow Up? Subversive Thoughts for an Infantile Age.


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