Alexander von Humboldt Professor Karen Radner at Campus Talks

Why Mesopotamia is the cradle of our knowledge

The Humboldtian Karen Radner will spend face-to-face time with the Campus Talks audience on 23 February. Researchers explain their work in a nutshell during the programme which is broadcast on ARD-alpha, the education channel of the ARD television company. Each visitor has 13 minutes to explain the focus of his or her research to an audience of laypersons - without the help of PowerPoint charts or teleprompters: They must make their presentation without notes.  

Karen Radner is the Alexander von Humboldt Professor for Ancient Near Eastern History at the Faculty of History and the Arts at LMU Munich. She is one of the world’s leading experts on the history of Mesopotamia at the time of the Neo-Assyrian Empire, which is considered the first major empire in human history. During her Campus Talk, the ancient oriental studies specialist will reveal why the cradle of our knowledge lies in Mesopotamia.

ARD-alpha is Germany’s only educational TV channel. The station broadcasts classic educational television programmes such as “Telekolleg” and language courses, shows and magazine programmes on science, history, art and discussion formats like Campus Talks. The list of Humboldtians who were guests of the Campus Talks show prior to Karen Radner includes the Humboldt Professors Matthias Tschöp and Oliver Brock, former research fellows Stefani Engelstein and Heinz Oberhummer, Humboldt Research Award winner Ulrich Trottenberg, the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award winners Samuel Wagner and Oliver Eickelberg and the former Feodor Lynen Research Fellows Petra Schwille and Christoph Ribbat.   

Broadcast dates: 23 February at 7:00 p.m., 24 February at 9:30 a.m. and 27 February at 2:30 p.m. on the ARD-alpha television channel or at any time online at www.br.de/fernsehen/ard-alpha/sendungen/campus-talks.  

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