at 30 Mar 2020 13:17
Gentili e cari firmatari e firmatarie della nostra petizione
I have written a new message in German and English.
Here is the English version
(See for this and all earlier messages
Dear signatories of our petition
At this moment, our petition seems a little out of time: We campaign for particular lectures and events to be allowed to take place, at a time when there are no lectures and events at all.
But we may and should have a positive look at this: We are shaping the future here.
I am writing you to notify that, since my last letter (March 14) we were joined by further prominent signatories. Accordingly, I would like to express my thanks for their recent support for freedom of teaching and speech at German universities, among others of you (to whom I sincerely apologize for not being named here)
- to the courageous Israelis teaching in England: linguist Hagit Borer, political scientist Neve Gordon and historian Ilan Pappe
- to the European philosophers Josef Früchtl (D/NL), Herman de Ley (B) and Alois Pichler (South Tyrol/Norway)
- to the mathematicians Ivar Ekeland (F) and Michael Harris (USA/F)
- and, last but not least, to the German cultural scientists Aleida Assmann and Jan Assmann, the winners of the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade 2018
With hope for further spread and final success, and best wishes