dai HOME – The second #At home of culture. Our common experiences, our events and above all the exchange with you are very much missing in this time of renewed Corona closure. We are therefore pleased to be able to experience numerous events of our fall program and the International Science Festival – Geist Heidelberg together with you online at dai HOME in November. Discover our second #HomeOfCulture! Lectures, readings, discussions and interviews with numerous guests from a wide range of fields await you. We also look forward to hearing your opinions and answering your questions in the live chat of the events. We offer the dai HOME events in November free of charge as a livestream on our YouTube channel. Sign up here for our DAI Newsletter to make sure you don’t miss any free online event! Culture remains free – dai HOME events free of charge. We are very happy about donations during this time. We are looking forward to welcoming you again soon. Until then we will meet at dai HOME. Donation opportunities The renewed loss of event revenues, which were already very limited due to the pandemic, hits us hard as an educational and cultural center. We are very pleased about your support in these times! Here you can donate any amount directly to the DAI Heidelberg via Paypal: Donate now via Paypal Please direct bank transfers to Freundeskreis Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut e.V. Sparkasse Heidelberg IBAN: DE15 6725 0020 0000 0388 30 BIC: SOLADES1HDB We are especially pleased if you would like to join our circle of friends. You will support our work in the long term with your contribution. Click here for membership. dai HOME Program November 2020 The digital human? Profile versus person Thu, 26. November 20:00 hrs Further information about the event The digital space: Here I am human, here I can be (everything)? The Internet and digital applications expand the scope for thought and action. There are almost no limits to access to information, communication and social interaction. Does this change our view of humanity? Does the human being remain a person or does he become an avatar? How do algorithms and applications influence our behavior? Do we need new basic rights or just their consistent implementation in the digital world? With: Prof. Yvonne Hofstetter, lawyer, essayist and professor for digitization and society, Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences Prof. Christian Montag, Digital Expert and Professor of Molecular Psychology, University of Ulm Marina Weisband, graduate psychologist, network politician and head of “AULA – Beteiligung digital Moderation: Melek Balgün, moderator for digital culture and sports journalist As part of the International Science Festival – Geist Heidelberg. Click here to go directly to the daiHOME livestream. Franziska Brantner MdB and Prof. Ekkehard Felder “All lies”? – How politicians speak today Mon, 30. November 20:00 hrs Further information about the event Politicians are often accused of populism and agitation, but also of whitewashing and trivialization. Informing, arguing and convincing has become more delicate before a basic tone of distortion and simplification. What challenges do politicians face when they address a large, heterogeneous crowd of people? Which choice of words, which tonality conveys credibility? Are there self-imposed taboos? What linguistic reactions are required in political discourse when it comes to “hate speech”, breaking taboos and discrimination? In discussion are Franziska Brantner, Heidelberg member of the Bundestag for the Greens, and the linguist Prof. Ekkehard Felder from the German Department of the University of Heidelberg, who also runs the blog Semantic Competitions – Like Language, Like Way of Thinking. In the series Local Monday. Click here to go directly to the daiHOME livestream. dai HOME Program December 2020 Gib Stoff? Therapy between medication and method Wed, 02. Dezember 20:00 hrs Further information about the event What heals the psyche? Do substances that direct the brain’s experience and behaviour into regulated channels, or is it the professional conversation and the therapeutic relationship? At the latest since the self sobering of brain research, psychotropic drugs are no longer a patent solution. Systemic therapy expands the spectrum of treatment forms. How much method is possible, how much medication is necessary? With: Prof. Ulrich Hegerl, psychiatrist and chairman of the German Depression Aid, University of Frankfurt Prof. Peter Kirsch, clinical psychologist and neuroscientist, ZI Mannheim Dr. Gunther Schmidt, Director of the Milton Erickson Institute, Director of the sysTelios Private Clinic, Heidelberg and Wald-Michelbach Moderation: Dorothea Siegle (Editor-in-Chief Psychologie Heute) In Kooperation mit As part of the International Science Festival – Geist Heidelberg. Click here to go directly to the daiHOME livestream. Update Placebo Nothing in it and still effective Thu, 03. Dezember 20:00 hrs Further information about the event No medical term is used as naturally as placebo, even by laymen. Most people have an approximate idea of what is meant, but rather few can explain exactly how and what causes placebo effects. Thanks to dynamic, mainly neuroscientifically oriented research in recent years, knowledge is constantly growing, up to the – perhaps exaggerated – realization that placebo accounts for about 50 percent of almost every type of therapy. In the brain, messenger substances are released which dock to the same receptors as, for example, normal drugs. The placebo effect, which can only be brought about by medical action – through attention, conversation etc. – also deserves more attention and should be used accordingly. With: Prof. Ulrike Bingel, clinical neuroscientist, University of Essen Prof. Ulrich Dirnagl, Director of the Department of Experimental Neurology, Charité Berlin Prof. Robert Jütte, medical historian and until 2020 Director of the Institute for the History of Medicine of the Robert Bosch Foundation, Stuttgart Moderation: Jörg Tröger As part of the International Science Festival – Geist Heidelberg. Click here to go directly to the daiHOME livestream. Taste of Science I want to know! Sat, 05. & Sun, 06. December each from 10:00 hrs Further information about the event With Taste of Science – I want to know! we bring a science weekend with current and socially relevant topics from the world of science to your home. Renowned experts and authors will guide you through a wide range of disciplines: from natural science, psychology, mathematics, physics, economics and social sciences to medicine and technology. A varied program of entertaining lectures and inspiring discussions awaits you. Ask your questions to the experts in the live chat on the event and join the discussion! As part of the International Science Festival – Geist Heidelberg. In cooperation with Springer Nature You can find the detailed program here. >Click here to go directly to the daiHOME livestream – Day 1. Click here to go directly to the daiHOME livestream – Day 2. Quantum Physics The new promise of salvation? Thu, 10. Dezember 20:00 hrs Further information about the event Quantum physics and the theory of relativity offer a lot of material for hypotheses and applied research, but also space beyond simple materialism or causally clear relationships. Speculative borderline sciences and theology, but also esoteric doctrines and alternative medicine sense a breath of fresh air here, using quantum theory to fill the gaps in their explanations or even to make promises of salvation. What can one know, what must one believe and to what extent do quanta help to push the boundaries of knowledge? With: Prof. Gerhard Börner, astrophysicist and cosmologist, Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics Dr. Florian Aigner, physicist, science journalist and author of Gravity is not a gut feeling (2020) Dr. Walter von Lucadou, psychologist, physicist and head of the parapsychological advice centre Freiburg Moderation: Jeanne Rubner, Knowledge and Education BR As part of the International Science Festival – Geist Heidelberg. Click here to go directly to the daiHOME livestream. You can also find further diverse content on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. All past daiHOME events with highlights like Noam Chomsky, Luisa Neubauer, Nele Pollatschek, Golineh Atai, Aladin El-Mafaalani, Xifang Yang and many more can be found on our YouTube channel. Past events Lydia Benecke Satanic Panic – Halloween Special Sun 01. November 17:00 hrs Further information about the event They are back, the dangerous Satanists who influence politics and society in the background. In a transfigured image of the enemy consisting of liberals, leftists, homosexuals and eco-ideologists, they often cannot be missing. Or were they never gone? As a successful mixture of Satan, sex and violence, the “Satanic Panic” provides a pattern of media attention, at least since the 1960s, which works as a conspiracy myth again and again. Do we have to be afraid? Do sensational journalism and a suggestive scene from trauma therapists promote horror scenarios? How do we actually enlighten instead of spreading panic? The well-known criminal psychologist Lydia Benecke is author of books such as Psychopathinnen: The Psychology of Female Evil (2018) and works like file number XY…unsolved! (ZDF) and Unresolved and Unforgotten (Sat1 Gold). As part of the International Science Festival – Geist Heidelberg. Click here to go directly to the daiHOME livestream. Klaus Scharioth Quo Vadis, USA? – On the outcome of the elections Wed 04. November 20:00 hrs Further information about the event Following the Election Night, the former German ambassador to the USA, Klaus Scharioth, will analyze the election results: Will Joe Biden herald a social turnaround as the next president of the United States or, contrary to many predictions, is Donald Trump looking forward to his second term in office? Will Trump recognize the election result of a defeat? And what consequences will this election have for the divided American society, Germany and the world? Dr. Klaus Scharioth was German Ambassador to the USA from 2006 to 2011 and teaches at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Massachusetts. Click here to go directly to the daiHOME livestream. Christoph von der Malsburg A mind in a computer – how is that possible? Thu, 05. November 20:00 hrs Further information about the event What are the sources of the human spirit that we see growing in the brains of our children? Apparently there are only two approaches: genetic programming and practical experience with the environment. However, both are far too limited to explain the origin of the enormous complexity in the human brain. The lion’s share of this gigantic wealth comes from another source, but one that is ignored by current research on artificial intelligence. Prof. Christoph von der Malsburg is a physicist and neurobiologist. He is a Fellow of the International Neuronal Network Society, involved in the scientific supervision of the Human Brain Project and is a Senior Fellow at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS). As part of the International Science Festival – Geist Heidelberg. Click here to go directly to the daiHOME livestream. Out of your senses? Sensory perception between construction and consumption Thu, 12. November 20:00 hrs Further information about the event We perceive the world with all our senses, but can we also rely on them? How realistic can our sensory impression be? After all, sensory processes – whether smell, taste or hearing – are complicated and are strongly influenced by audiovisual media. Are we rich in stimuli but poor in senses? How influenceable is our sensory perception? How sensual can we be? Do we still perceive – or are we already of the senses? With: Rüdiger Braun, science journalist, former chief editor of the science magazine MaxPlanckForschung and author of Unsere 7 Sinne. The keys to the psyche (2019) Dr. Heike Melzer, neurologist, psychotherapist and author of Scharfstellung (2018) Moderation: Joachim Müller-Jung, FAZ Wissenschaft As part of the International Science Festival – Geist Heidelberg. Click here to go directly to the daiHOME livestream. RNZ-Forum at the DAI “You don’t have a plan, so we’re gonna make one!” Thu, 19. November 20:00 hrs Further information about the event The allegedly apolitical generation of today’s 14 to 25 year olds is rising up and making concrete demands on politicians to ensure that a sustainable life and a new generational contract succeeds. A vision for all? A task for politics? With: Sarah Hadj Ammar, biomedical student, Plant-for-the-Planet, Global Board (Youth World Board), Würzburg Daniel Al-Kayal, political science student, SPD, Heidelberg Dr. Lukas Köhler, doctor of philosophy, member of the German Bundestag in Munich Nikolas Löbel, Member of the Bundestag and City Council in Mannheim, M. Sc. Economics/BWL Moderation: Sören Sgries, RNZ political editor Supported by the Heidelberg Partnership for Democracy, funded by the program ” Living Democracy! ” of the Federal Ministry for Families, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth Click here to go directly to the daiHOME livestream. Markus Gabriel Moral progress in dark times Sun, 22. November 17:00 hrs Further information about the event The crisis of liberal democracy and the spread of populism follow the pattern of human self-abolition. The discourse on artificial intelligence and the unrestrained digitalization further intensify this fatal development. But despite all current setbacks: humanity is capable of moral progress. In his committed book, Markus Gabriel, Germany’s best-known contemporary philosopher worldwide, shows why there are non-negotiable, universal basic values that apply to all people. He shows: We urgently need an innovative concept of cooperation between science, politics, and business to design a social system that aims for moral progress. Prof. Dr. Markus Gabriel, born 1980, teaches at the Chair of Epistemology, Philosophy of Modern and Contemporary Times at the University of Bonn and has been Director of the International Center for Philosophy in Bonn since 2012. As part of the International Science Festival – Geist Heidelberg. Click here to go directly to the daiHOME livestream. Martin Stratmann Politics from the laboratory Mon, 23. November 20:00 hrs Further information about the event Energy system transformation, climate change, genetic engineering and the corona crisis – public debates have long been unthinkable without references to science and research. The politicization of science poses new challenges. References to science communication alone often forget the political dimension of scientific knowledge. Have ideas replaced ideology? Or does it return, covered with lab coats, as a smart spin doctor? How does it deal with its politicization? How does it deal with the pressure of polemicization? Does science itself become a political activist for enlightenment, facts and democracy? Prof. Martin Stratmann, electrochemist, materials scientist and President of the Max Planck Society in conversation with Joachim Müller-Jung (FAZ) As part of the International Science Festival – Geist Heidelberg. Click here to go directly to the daiHOME livestream. Ines Geipel Contested zone. My brother, the East and the hate Wed, 25. November 20:00 hrs Further information about the event Xenophobia and hatred of “the state”: Are we losing East Germany? Ines Geipel’s book seeks answers to the “why” of radicalization. It tells of the commandments of silence after the end of the Nazi era, the historical fragmentation of the GDR and the political paraphrases after German unification. Repression and denial characterize society right into the private sphere, as the author impressively tells us with her own family history. Ines Geipel played high-performance sports in the GDR for six years. After studying German in Jena, she fled to West Germany in 1989 and studied philosophy and sociology in Darmstadt. In 2000 she was a joint plaintiff in the trial against the masterminds behind the GDR’s forced doping. Today she is professor of verse language at the Hochschule für Schauspielkunst Ernst Busch in Berlin and a staff member of the Hannah Arendt Institute. Click here to go directly to the daiHOME livestream.