Tue 12th Mar 2024 @ 7:30pm - 8:30pm
JW3 341-351 Finchley Rd, London NW3
With Daniel Libeskind, world-renowned architect of the new Einstein building at the Hebrew University and Prof Hanoch Gutfreund, director of the Einstein Centre at the Hebrew University
Albert Einstein along with other luminaries including Freud, Buber and Weizmann were founders of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, now Israel’s foremost centre of advanced learning and research, ranked in the top ½% of universities worldwide.
Einstein remained a committed supporter; when he died in 1955, a professor at Princeton, he bequeathed his entire collection of personal and academic papers to the Hebrew University. That archive is located on campus. The University is the guardian of this treasure and includes among many other unique documents, the original theory of relativity. It also owns the IP relating to Einstein, e.g. commercial use of his image etc.
This year, 2023, marks the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s sole visit to Jerusalem and the Hebrew University when he lectured on the Theory of Relativity.
Moderated by writer and broadcaster Julia Hobsbawm.
In partnership with the British Friends of Hebrew University (BFHU).
Who Will You See There?
Daniel Libeskind is an internationally prominent Polish-American architect, a major figure in architecture and urban design, informed by a deep commitment to music, philosophy, and literature. He aims to create architecture that is resonant, original, and sustainable.
Libeskind established his architectural studio in Berlin, Germany, in 1989 after winning the competition to build the Jewish Museum in Berlin. In 2003, Studio Libeskind moved its headquarters from Berlin to New York City to oversee the master plan for the World Trade Centre redevelopment, which is being realised in Lower Manhattan today.
Currently, Libeskind is designing the Einstein Archive at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The Einstein House is a new repository that will house the legacy, work, and research of Nobel laureate Albert Einstein, one of the founders of Hebrew University, who bequeathed all his writings and intellectual property to the institution.
The distinctive design is inspired by Einstein's theory of relativity and highlights the impact of Einstein’s discoveries, his involvement in humanitarian and civil rights issues, as well as his deep commitment to the Hebrew University, the State of Israel, and the global Jewish community.
Daniel’s practice is involved in designing and realising a diverse array of urban, cultural, and commercial projects around the globe. The Studio has completed buildings ranging from museums and concert halls to convention centres, university buildings, hotels, shopping centres, and residential towers.
Daniel speaks widely on the art of architecture in universities and professional summits. His architecture and ideas have been the subject of many articles and exhibitions.
Hanoch Gutfreund is Professor of theoretical physics, former President and Rector of the Hebrew University and custodian of the archive, He is regarded as a leading expert on the life and work of Einstein and has written and published widely. He travels extensively lecturing about Einstein to both lay and academic audiences, while searching for new material to add to the archive, currently 82,000 items. He is currently overseeing a landmark construction project – a new home for Einstein’s archive
Julia Hobsbawm is the award-winning writer, commentator and broadcaster whose latest book The Nowhere Office: Reinventing Work and the Workplace of the Future and has been featured in over 100 global media including Forbes, Fortune, BBC, Times, Sunday Times, Washington Post, Sky News, and Bloomberg, which hired Julia in the Autumn of 2022 to become their lead commentator on the future of work, writing a column called ‘Working Assumptions’ for their new section Work Shift. Julia also presents The Nowhere Office podcast which is now in its fourth series.
Einstein: A New Home in Jerusalem