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Bayreuther Stadtgespräche: City Talks

Bayreuther Stadtgespräche (Bayreuth City Talks) have been taking place regularly at Iwalewahaus since July 2014. On the first Wednesday of each month from 6 to about 7.30 p.m., changing speakers offer insights into exciting and current topics. The lectures are open to all interested parties without registration – admission is free.

The basic idea of Bayreuther Stadtgespräche is to strengthen the connection between the City and the University. That is why the series of events is aimed at all Bayreuth citizens.

The venue is the Iwalewahaus (Wölfelstraße) in the heart of Bayreuth – right next to the Margravial Opera House. The speakers come from the University of Bayreuth, other universities or research institutes, or from (university) politics. (Higher education) policy issues are taken up and questions are discussed that are currently of concern to academia or citizens. This is done in an understandable way for people who are not familiar with the subject, and for non-academics.

The lectures are organised by the University of Bayreuth together with Universitätsverein Bayreuth e. V. and with the support of Universitäts-Forum Bayreuth – Kollegium Bayreuther Univ.-Professoren i. R.

Bayreuth City Talks: Upcoming events

Replacement program for the Stadtgespräch in June:

Please note: There will be no Town Talk in June 2024. Instead, due to the current situation, we are inviting all interested parties to the Iwalewahaus on Monday, June 3, 2024, from 5.15 - 6.45 p.m. to the Iwalewahaus. This will be part of the public lecture series “How to remember? National Socialism and racism on the local level”.
event on the topic of “Remembrance as a space for communication and negotiation”.

Speakers: Prof. Dr. Jörg Skriebeleit (Flossenbürg Concentration Camp Memorial) and Dr. Sven Keller (Obersalzberg Documentation), moderated by Julia Reus


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Memorials and Nazi documentation centers are central places for conveying history and remembrance. This is another reason why they are often the object of right-wing populist attacks, both verbal and physical. What is important for the work in the practical implementation of the culture of remembrance?

Prof. Dr. Jörg Skriebeleit (Flossenbürg Concentration Camp Memorial) and Dr. Sven Keller (Obersalzberg Documentation) will report on their many years of experience as proven experts and guest speakers at the lecture series. Julia Reus (Modern History, University of Bayreuth) will moderate the event (including the subsequent open discussion).

With the lecture series “Wie erinnern: Nationalsozialismus und Rassismus im Lokalen” in the summer semester 2024, we at the University of Bayreuth would like to stimulate dialog about the goals and methods of historical remembrance - especially in the local area.  

The series of events will discuss cultures of remembrance, memorial work and Nazi ideology with experts from the University of Bayreuth and guests from Germany and abroad. 

The city community is invited to take part in the lecture series every Monday.
You can find a complete overview of the lectures in the lecture series here.

Past highlights of the event series (partly in German language)

For further information, please contact

Angela Danner

Angela Danner

Head of Press, Marketing & Communications Office
University of Bayreuth 

Phone: +49 (0) 921 / 55-5323
E-mail: angela.danner@uni-bayreuth.de