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Guido Goldman - Celebration of Life


In memoriam: November 4,1937 - November 30, 2020

The Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES) celebrated the life and legacy of its co-founding director, Guido Goldman on November 4, 2022 – the day which would have been his 85th birthday. The day-long tribute brought together over 300 friends and colleagues from across campus, the United States and the Atlantic, as well as current students eager to learn about Goldman’s important legacy as an institution and bridge builder, humanist, aesthete, and philanthropist.

Tributes were delivered by Lawrence S. Bacow, president of Harvard University; Charles de Gunzburg, chairman, FS Fiduciary Services LLC; John Mudd, longtime educational advocate; Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff, vice president and executive director of the Berlin office at the German Marshall Fund of the United States; and Karl Kaiser, CES Local Affiliate and Belfer Center Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School Belfer.

As part of the commemoration, Constanze Stelzenmüller, director of the Center on the United States and Europe and Fritz Stern Chair on Germany and trans-Atlantic Relations at the Brookings Institution, delivered the third annual Guido Goldman Lecture on Germany. The day concluded with the unveiling and an overview of Goldman’s permanent art bequest to CES.

At a time marked by heightened discord globally, remembering Goldman’s belief in pluralism and his commitment to fostering dialogue and understanding served to renew and invigorate our commitment to advancing these important values.

Guido Goldman Lecture on Germany

Constanze Stelzenmüller delivered her remarks on The Free World and Its Enemies: What Putin’s War and China’s Global Ambitions Mean for Us. Stelzenmüller was selected to give this address by Goldman himself, before his passing. She paid tribute to her mentor and outlined seven propositions for the future as the West engages with Russia and China.

Unveiling of the Guido Goldman Art Bequest

The day concluded with a reception and the unveiling of Guido's art collection at CES. The artwork, now on permanent display at CES, includes notable works by Bernard Schultze, Adolfo Hohenstein and Ida Kerkovius, as well as an Ikat textile from Uzbekistan from Guido's collection.

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