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Feb. 28, 2002
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Emory's Halle Institute Brings German Journalist, Novelist to Atlanta

Emory University’s Claus M. Halle Institute for Global Learning welcomes Berlin-based novelist and journalist Peter Schneider to campus March 18 – April 5 as its 2002 Distinguished Fellow.

Schneider is the author of more than 20 books and is a frequent commentator on current events in Germany, such as public reaction to the Sept.11 attacks on the United States, Germany’s parliamentary election and the country’s role in a unifying Europe.

Schneider will deliver a public lecture, "September 11 and Its Aftermath: Media and Collective Conscience in Germany," at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21 in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing Auditorium, 1520 Clifton Road.

He also will give public lectures at the Goethe Institute April 2, Kennesaw State University April 4, and at Emory’s Oxford College April 5. His schedule includes several presentations for classes at Emory, Georgia Tech, Oglethorpe University, Clayton College and State University, Morehouse College and Agnes Scott College. For more information on these events, go online to

Among Schneider’s works translated to English are "The Wall Jumper," and his latest novel, "Eduard’s Homecoming." His novels have played an influential role both within Germany and abroad in naming and exploring the extraordinary issues, sometimes poignant, sometimes humorous, which arose with the fall of the Berlin Wall. As a journalist, he has published numerous articles and essays in Der Spiegel, the New York Times, New York Times Magazine, New Republic, Newsweek, Time and Le Monde, among others. He also has written several screenplays, and his short story, "Vati" ("Grandpa"), is currently being filmed, starring Charlton Heston.

The Distinguished Halle Fellow Program is an initiative of the Halle Institute that brings at least one outstanding international personality to the Emory campus each year for several weeks of intensive interaction with faculty and students, and political, business and media leaders in Atlanta. Fellows are respected personalities in their own countries and regions, recognized for their scholarly, public or non-governmental policy work, and/or business success and influence. Previous fellows have included a Japanese cabinet minister and Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson and biographer, Rajmohan Gandhi.

The university-wide Claus M. Halle Institute for Global Learning was founded in 1997 with a generous donation from former Coca-Cola executive Claus Halle and his wife, Marianne. The institute promotes scholarship and learning in international studies in the context of globalization. The institute works to spur the enhanced internationalization of Emory, stimulate more cooperation in international studies among educational institutions in the area, and contribute to the realization of Atlanta’s international aspirations.

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