The Nanovic Forum

The Nanovic Institute deepens Notre Dame’s rich tradition of connections to Europe by bringing prominent figures to campus in a wide range of fields to explore, discuss, and debate the most pressing questions about Europe today. Generously sponsored by Robert & Elizabeth Nanovic, the Forum invites its distinguished guests to interact with Notre Dame in ways they most wish, which can be surprising.

2016: Margarethe von Trotta (Germany)
Film Director
Lecture: "My Approach to Biography"
Film Introduction and Q&A: Die abhandene Welt (2015)

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One of Germany’s best-known and most successful female directors, Margarethe von Trotta will join the Nanovic Forum as a distinguished guest in April. Highly acclaimed for her films about women and history, such as Rosa Luxemburg (1986), Vision (about Hildegard von Bingen) (2009), and Hannah Arendt (2013), Von Trotta will speak about film and history and hold a masterclass on her approach to film and biography. 

She was born in Berlin in 1942. Her mother was from an aristocratic family that fled Russia after 1917. Her father was a painter. Von Trotta was therefore classified as a stateless non-citizen. She spent her youth in Dusseldorf and soon began an acting career in short film, television, and theatre in Paris of the 1960s, and then in Germany. She won acclaim for her roles in the“German New Wave” cinema and starred in films by Rainer Fassbinder and Volker Schlöndorff. She met the latter in 1969 and married him in 1971. Her directorial debut came in 1975 (The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum). The first feature-length film she wrote and directed herself was The Second Awakening of Christina Klages (1978). She went on to make important and controversial films, especially films about women, such as Marianne and Juliane (1981), Rosa Luxemburg (1986), Vision (2009), and Hannah Arendt (2013). The Misplaced World (2015) is her latest film.

Margarethe von Trotta currently lives in Paris. In addition to making films, she is a Professor of Film at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.

2015: Krzysztof Zanussi (Poland)
Film Director
Strategies of Life: How to Have Your Cake and Eat It Too
Yeltsin and Putin: My Personal Experience
Foreign Body (2014): Film Introduction and Post-Screening Q&A

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2014: Hanna Suchocka (Poland)
Former Prime Minister of Poland and Former Ambassador of Poland to the Holy See
Democratic Poland: 25 Years After the Fall of Communism

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2013: Wolfgang Herrmann (Germany)
President of the Technical University of Munich
What is an Entrepreneurial University? A Case Study.

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2012: Lord Patten of Barnes 
Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Chair of the BBC Trust
Europe, America, and the Changing World Order

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Koehlers and Jenkins

2011: Dr. Horst Koehler 
Former President of the Federal Republic of Germany
The Whole is at Stake

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2011: Bernhard Schlink 
Writer, Professor of Law, Former Constitutional Court Judge (Germany)
Proportionality in Constitutional Law: Why Everywhere but Here?

Tuesday, April 19th at 12:30 p.m. - Lunchtime Masterclass
Wednesday, April 20th at 5:00 p.m. - The Nanovic Forum Lecture "My Approach to Biography"
Thursday, April 21st at 7:00 p.m. - Film: "The Misplaced World" with Introduction and Q&A session