Presentation of the Erich Fromm Prize 2014 to Dirk Schümer

on Thursday, March 27, 2014, 6 p.m., in the “White Hall” of the New Palace in Stuttgart

To give a journalist the Fromm Prize in the critically scrutinized media age – it must take a very special mind among the writers to wield the pen.

The jury of the Erich Fromm Prize has identified this head in Dirk Schümer from the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Born in Soest in 1962 and working in Venice, the European correspondent for the FAZ arts section not only has a fan base among the readers of the arts section; with his articles based on the values of Enlightenment humanism, he makes a very special contribution to European understanding and politics based on these values.

The award ceremony was once again held in Stuttgart’s New Palace. The Erich Fromm Lecture associated with the award ceremony was given by the prizewinner himself on the topic: “Does the market threaten European humanism? – Erich Fromm’s thinking and the economic crisis”.

Giovanni di Lorenzo, editor-in-chief of DIE ZEIT, gave the laudatory speech for the award winner.
This time the music was also European, with works by Italian masters of Renaissance music. The lutenist Massimo Lonardi from Milan and the flautist Marco Rosa Salva from Venice played pieces by Thomas Lupo, Diego Ortiz and Givanni and Augustine Bassano.

Text contributions of the award ceremony:

Welcome by Bernhard Hermann

Laudatory speech by Giovanni di Lorenzo

Award certificate

Fromm Lecture by Dirk Schümer: “Does the market threaten European humanism? – Erich Fromm’s thinking and the economic crisis”

Fromm lecture in the FAZ article: “A single, major case of illness”

Audio contributions from the award ceremony:


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