Deutsches Haus at NYU will proudly award the sixth annual Volkmar and Margret Sander Prize to Dr. Henry Jarecki, the German American academic, psychiatrist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist.
The 2018 Volkmar and Margret Sander Prize Ceremony will coincide with the moderated panel discussion "Educational Policy and Academic Freedom" from the Deutsches Haus at NYU series "The State(s) We're In: A New Age of Transatlantic Relations" to exemplify Dr. Jarecki's extraordinary contributions to provide sanctuary for endangered scholars.
The participants of the panel discussion "Educational Policy and Academic Freedom"
are Dr. Moaath Alrajab, Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Systems at the State University of New York Farmingdale and an alumnus of the Scholar Rescue Fund of the Institute of International Education; Dr. Mariët Westermann, Executive Vice President of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Dr. George Rupp, Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Columbia's Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Affairs, and former President of Columbia University; and Dr. Steven Sokol, President of the American Council on Germany.
Henry G. Jarecki is Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Falconwood Corporation, an investment banking company managing investments in numerous businesses including PsychoGenics, Inc., a biotechnology company, and Gresham Investment Co., Ltd. (both of New York), the Guana Island Hotel Corporation, and Audubon Holdings, Ltd., a real estate holding and development company (both in the British Virgin Islands).
Dr. Jarecki's business career has included the management and, in 1986, the sale to Standard Chartered Bank of London, England of control of The Mocatta Group, an international bullion dealing enterprise that was founded in London in 1671; the founding, management, and ultimate sale in 1995 to Societé Génerale of Paris, France of Brody White & Co., Inc.; the Chairmanship (until its sale in 1999 to America Online, Inc.) of MovieFone, Inc., a public company engaged in the provision of information and ticketing services for motion pictures; and the founding and management of PsychoGenics, Inc., a drug discovery and contract research enterprise located in Tarrytown, New York.
A Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology since 1963, Dr. Jarecki is licensed to practice medicine and surgery in Connecticut, New York and the British Virgin Islands. He is currently Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine.
Dr. Jarecki was born in Stettin, Germany, and received his medical degree from the University of Heidelberg in 1957. He has written extensively about both financial markets and medicine. His eleemosynary activities include being a Governor of the Community College of the British Virgin Islands, a founder of the Youth Empowerment Project of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, and a Director of the Harlem School of the Arts. In 2000, Dr. Jarecki joined the Board of Trustees of the Institute of International Education (IIE). He was pivotal in helping to launch IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund, that helps threatened scholars continue productive academic work. He recently launched a program to enable German universities to host such scholars, in association with the Ministry of Science, Research, and the Arts of Baden-Württemberg. In 2016, the Federal Republic of Germany awarded him the Order of Merit, Officer’s Cross for his work to improve relations between Germany and the U.S.
The Volkmar and Margret Sander Prize was established by Professor Margret Sander in memory of her late husband, Professor Volkmar Sander, former head of the German Department of NYU and founder and first director of Deutsches Haus at NYU, who passed away in 2011. The prize -- which was awarded for the first time in 2013 to the late Professor Fritz Stern and, in the following year, to Dr. Gary Smith, then the executive director of the American Academy in Berlin; to Dr. Lya Friedrich Pfeifer, the President of the Max Kade Foundation, Inc., in 2015; to Dr. Claus Leggewie in 2016; and to Karsten Voigt in 2017 -- is awarded annually and is endowed with a $5000 grant, kindly donated by Margret Sander, and honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the cultural, political, and academic relationship between the German-speaking world and the United States.
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