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Conference honors German playwright Schiller, Oct. 13-16

An international, interdisciplinary group of scholars will mark the 200th anniversary of the death of German playwright Friedrich Schiller in a conference scheduled for Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 13-16, in various locations on campus.

The conference, "Friedrich Schiller and the Path to Modernity," will feature 24 speakers from the United States and Europe discussing the works and influence of Schiller (1759-1805), who was a versatile playwright sometimes known as the "German Shakespeare" and an early representative of the modern intellectual. Speakers will address Schiller's positions on problems of law, criminology, the penal system, political institutions, history and historiography, ethics and religion, government and society, psychology and psychoanalysis, among other areas.

Speakers will include Jutta Limbach, the former chief justice of the German Supreme Court and current president of the Goethe Institute, who will discuss "Schiller and the Law."

The conference is sponsored by the Department of German. A full schedule can be found on the department's Web site.

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