Thomas Mann Fellows in Conversation

Video Release: April 7, 12pm PT; 9pm CET


April 7, 12 p.m.Four days of “Restoring Public Trust” are behind us. The Fellows of the Thomas Mann House take a look back: What inspired and irritated them? Which of the issues raised deserve more attention? And what political lessons can be learned in Germany and the United States to restore trust in democracy and its institutions? The conversation will be moderated by Helmut Anheier.

Sunhild Kleingärtner is a German historian and archaeologist. From 2013 to 2021 she was Director of the German Maritime Museum Bremerhaven and Professor of Maritime History and Maritime Archaeology at the University of Bremen. In 2022 she is a Fellow at the Thomas Mann House in Los Angeles, working on trust in museums and how museums can actively contribute to a resilient society.

Christine Landfried is an emeritus professor of political science at the University of Hamburg. She studied history, political science and international law in Heidelberg and at Harvard University. Visiting professorships have led her to Sciences Po Paris, the University of California at Berkeley and the Yale Law School. As emeritus, she held a Max Weber professorship at New York University from 2014 to 2016. A central focus of her work is on political finance, constitutional jurisdiction, European integration and the role of art in democratic societies. In the context of her studies of the EU, she analyzes the conditions under which cultural, economic and political differences can be a potential for democratic governance. Christine Landfried is a 2022 Thomas Mann Fellow.

Andreas Nitsche is a German Computer Scientist with research interest in democratic self-organization. His multidisciplinary work focuses on the chances and risks of technology for democracy, social cohesion, inclusion and conflict management. In international events, he uses talks and workshops to focus on the philosophical, political and technological aspects of deliberation and credible decision making. He is a board member of the Berlin based Association for Interactive Democracy and co-founder of the LiquidFeedback project. Andreas Nitsche is a 2022 Thomas Mann Fellow.

Claus Pias studied electrical engineering, art history, German literature and philosophy in Bonn and has taught at the Universities of Bochum, Essen, Vienna and Princeton. He is professor of History and Epistemology of Media at Leuphana University Lüneburg and director of the Centre for Digital Cultures and the Institute for Advanced Studies in Media Cultures of Computer Simulation. His research focuses on the history of media in science, technology and art. He is currently working on the temporal and epochal semantics of digital cultures and their and their Cold War beginnings.

Helmut K. Anheier is Professor of Sociology at the Hertie School in Berlin and Adjunct Professor of Social Welfare at UCLA. He served as President of the Hertie School from 2009 to 2018, held a Chair of Sociology at the Max-Weber-Institute of Heidelberg University and served as founding Academic Director of the Centre for Social Investment and Innovation. His research centres on social innovation, nonprofits, civil society and philanthropy, governance, cultural policy, organisational studies, and indicator systems. Helmut Anheier is Member of the Advisory Board of the Thomas Mann House.