For three years, the Covid 19 pandemic not only dominated the headlines in the media, but also determined the organisation of the public lecture programme. Now it has abruptly moved into the background. A new event, hardly comprehensible to many of us, is currently keeping the world on tenterhooks: in February of this year, Russia launched a war of aggression against Ukraine that has continued to this day and has brought unbearable suffering to the people of Ukraine; millions of people are on the run, their fate marked by loss and trauma. The entire peace and security order in Europe and the world has been called into question by this war. There is talk of a "turning point in time".
Despite our relatively long periods of planning, the war in Ukraine is already finding its way into our lecture programme - once again demonstrating the foresight of our lecturers, their knowledge and feel for the formative issues of our time. With their lectures, they help us to better understand and classify the events. Christoph Frei's classic public lecture "Focal Points and Basic Problems of International Politics" deals directly with the war in Ukraine. Several events provide relevant contextual knowledge: Bardo Fassbender's lecture examines the right of peoples to self-determination as a possible building block of a future international order; Felix Bosshard's lecture examines the Cold War as the origin of current conditions, crises and conflicts; finally, Yves Partschefeld shows us how the transformation period of the 1990s in Eastern Europe is relevant to today's developments and events, especially with regard to the relationship between the transformation states.
In addition to this focus, the public lecture programme presents itself in its usual thematic range. In line with Hannes Thalmann's images of the SQUARE as a place of reflection and intellectual mirroring, of creative exchange and inclusive and critical thinking, Dominique Künzle devotes herself to critical thinking, not least in its relationship to scientific knowledge and expertise. Especially in our turbulent times, often marked by misinformation and scepticism, this classification seems particularly important. Matthias Schneider and Susanne Täschler also take up a topic of high - especially political - relevance with their focus on the much-cited urban-rural divide. Finally, Monika Kritzmöller dedicates herself to the human body: while current events today call many supposedly self-evident things into question, it forms the "only certainty of our existence". How vulnerable we are in body, mind and soul is currently being demonstrated by an inconceivable war in the heart of Europe, and we are all struggling, in large and small ways, with the question of the appropriate response to this. There are no easy answers. However, we should be guided by one overriding principle for all options for action, be it on a personal, political or economic level: humanity.
Florian Wettstein, in June 2022
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