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About the recipient:
Daniel Kehlmann is an Austro-German novelist and playwright. His works have won the Candide Prize, the Hölderlin Prize, and the Thomas Mann Prize. He was a fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library in 2016–17. His novel Ich und Kaminski was an international success and his novel Die Vermessung der Welt (Measuring the World), which so far has been translated into forty languages, became one of the most successful German novels of the post-war era. His last novel, Tyll, was shortlisted for the International Booker Prize and is currently being adapted as a TV show for Netflix.
About the event:
The event will feature a reading, followed by a conversation between Daniel Kehlmann and Ayad Akhtar.
Ayad Akhtar is a novelist and playwright. His work has been published and performed in over two dozen languages. He is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Edith Wharton Citation of Merit for Fiction, and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Additional remarks will be made by:
Friedrich Ulfers (Associate Professor of German, NYU)
Juliane Camfield (Director, Deutsches Haus at NYU)
Ulrich Baer (Professor, Department of Comparative Literature, English and German, NYU)
The Ulfers Foundation Award:
The Ulfers Foundation Award is presented by the New York University Department of German in recognition of an individual whose achievements have served to promote and highlight German culture and history. This award is endowed with a $5000 grant. This is the third time the award is being presented. In 2018, the Ulfers Foundation Award was given to Margarethe von Trotta. In 2019, the Ulfers Foundation Award was given to Barton Byg.
Friedrich Ulfers is Associate Professor of German at New York University. In the past he also served as Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Science, the German Department’s Director of Undergraduate Studies, Director of the NYU in Berlin Summer Program and Director of Deutsches Haus at NYU. He teaches courses in German and Comparative Literature that engage a range of interests, including literary theory, continental philosophy, and the relationships between science, literature, and philosophy.
Due to Covid-19 safety measures, this event is open to the NYU community only. Advance registration will be required for all in-person attendance.
This event is made possible by the generosity of Professor Friedrich Ulfers and is hosted by the Department of German and Deutsches Haus at NYU. Additional support provided by DAAD.