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Co-director Claus Leggewie receives Volkmar and Margret Sander Prize 2016

04.10.2016 On 21 October 2016, Prof. Claus Leggewie, Director of the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) and Co-Director of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research, will be awarded with the Volkmar and Margret Sander-Prize in New York for his outstanding work on the transatlantic relationship and cooperation. 'The award means a lot to me in times of transatlantic crises and resentments', said the laureate. The distinguished democracy researcher Dr Benjamin Barber will deliver the laudatory speech in honor of Claus Leggewie.

For the award ceremony, Claus Leggewie will return to a place of his work: From 1995 until 1997, he held the Max Weber-Chair at New York University (NYU), published several books about American politics and society, and organised numerous events at the Deutsches Haus with prominent guests, among others Richard von Weizsäcker, Jens Reich, Joschka Fischer or Ignaz Bubis.

The prestigious prize was established by Margret Sander in memory of her late husband Volkmar Sander, former head of the German Department of NYU and founder and first director of Deutsches Haus at NYU. The Deutsches Haus at NYU annually awards individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the cultural, political, and academic relationship between the German-speaking world and the United States. The recipients will receive a monetary award for the amount of $5,000.

The ceremony will take place on Friday, 21 October 2016, 18h, at Deutsches Haus at NYU, 42 Washington Mews, New York, NY 10003. It is possible to participate the event with prior registration by email (

More information on the event and the prize can be found on the website of Deutsches Haus.

Martin Wolf
Head of Public Relations
Tel: +49 (0)203 379 5238