Dr Gottfried Wagner to deliver Munton Medallion lecture
Dr Gottfried Wagner, internationally-recognised stage director, historian and great-grandson of composer Richard Wagner, active since 1991 in the Post Holocaust dialogue, will deliver this year’s Munton Medallion Lecture at the University of Lincoln, on Monday 27th October.
Entitled: After Auschwitz: What can Germans and Jews say to one another? The Case of Gottfried Wagner and Abraham Peck, Dr Wagner’s Lecture launches the third year of the Munton Medallion - the undergraduate award for an appreciation and understanding of personal ethics. The award is open to all undergraduates of the University of Lincoln and Salve Regina University, Rhode Island, USA. The winner will be announced in 2009.
Dr Wagner follows in the footsteps of previous distinguished Munton Medallion Lecture speakers: Professor A.C. Grayling, the philosopher (2006) and Professor Lord Robert Winston, medical academic (2007).
The Munton Medallion, named after the late Geoffrey Munton, a Lincolnshire businessman, is designed by internationally-renowned sculptress Jane McAdam Freud.
Last year’s award, which had the theme of: Personal ethics versus self interest in the wider society, was won by University of Lincoln Media Production graduate Danny Bartlett. His interactive audio book featured interviews with a Harvard professor and an author on the subject of self-interest. Danny will give a vote of thanks at the lecture.
The University’s Pro Vice Chancellor (University Development) Dr Frances Mannsaker said: “Danny’s exciting and imaginative work captured the essence of what the Medallion is all about.”
Born in 1947 in Bayreuth, Dr Gottfried H. Wagner studied musicology, philosophy and German philology in Germany and Austria. His PhD on Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht from the University of Vienna was published later as a book in Germany, Italy and Japan. Centre of his studies are German and European culture and politics of the 19th/20th century in connection with Jewish culture and history. His studies are published in 11 languages. He works internationally as a multimedia director, musicologist and writer. He has received different awards for his artistic and academic activities as well as for his humanitarian involvements.
In 1992 he co-founded, with Dr Abraham Peck, The Post-Holocaust Dialogue Group, to encourage the children of the survivors and perpetrators of the Holocaust to talk to each other, and a major part of this work is done by the stimulation of the creation of artistic projects such as Lost Childhood, an opera by Janice Hamer, whose family were Polish and Ukrainian Jews. For more information visit www.gottfriedwagner.com
The Munton Medallion was created to encourage undergraduates to demonstrate ethical excellence. An increasingly complex, high-speed, technological world has broadened our lives in many ways, whilst constraining us, paradoxically, to live a life under external voices of authority and narrowing parameters, often detrimental to our fellow human beings.
In this context, the Munton Medallion was inaugurated to celebrate human beings as unique individuals who, by recognising that their lives in communities and relationships with their fellow beings are among the most important things we have, will explore and exercise their own minds to strengthen self-determination and personal ethics to ensure the best, happiest and most fulfilled kind of life to share with others in their lifetime and for the benefit of those still to come.
For more information visit www.themuntonmedallion.lincoln.ac.uk
Below: Dr Gottfried Wagner