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25th Anniversary Symposium
Saturday 21 September, 9.15 am - 5.00 pm CET/Amsterdam

The Magic Mountain
Revisited

‘To create intellectual clarity about life itself’ – that was Thomas Mann’s ambition with his masterpiece The Magic Mountain. In the spirit of its founding novel, the Nexus Institute has been bringing together the foremost thinkers and artists from all over the world for the past 25 years. To celebrate our 25th anniversary, the Nexus Symposium 2019, ‘The Magic Mountain Revisited’, revolved around the themes and music from The Magic Mountain.

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‘To create intellectual clarity about life itself’ – that was Thomas Mann’s ambition with his masterpiece The Magic Mountain. In the spirit of its founding novel, the Nexus Institute has been bringing together the foremost thinkers and artists from all over the world for the past 25 years. To celebrate our 25th anniversary, the Nexus Symposium 2019, ‘The Magic Mountain Revisited’, revolved around the themes and music from The Magic Mountain.

Introductory essay

‘A man changes a lot of his ideas here.’ This is how Hans Castorp is greeted upon arrival at the sanatorium high in the Swiss mountains at Davos; but the greeting is also addressed to the reader of his story in The Magic Mountain, Thomas Mann’s masterpiece.

Rob Riemen

Programme

Speakers

French philosopher and one of the most esteemed and bestselling writers in Europe
political philosopher
Jewish-American public intellectual
novelist and journalist
world-renowned tenor
musician and climate activist
pianist
political sociologist
political activist
filmmaker
composer
classicist and writer
political philosopher
managing editor of Liberties
editor New York Times Book Review
musician and climate activist
literary talent

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