Dr. Arthur Hirsh gives a speech on “The End of History Re-Visited”

On November 7th, 2014, Dr. Arthur Hirsh gave an invited Keynote Speech in Berlin at the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy’s Annual Conference entitled, “A World without Walls.” This conference marked the historic occasion of the 25 year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall.

Founded in 1999, the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) is an international, not-for-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) with headquarters in Berlin, Germany.

The ICD´s goal is to promote global peace and stability by strengthening and supporting intercultural relations at all levels. Over the past decade, the ICD has grown to become one of Europe’s largest independent cultural exchange organizations, hosting programs that facilitate interaction among individuals of all cultural, academic, and professional backgrounds from across the world.

Dr. Arthur Hirsh has been the Director of Webster Vienna Private University for the past fifteen years. He earned his PhD in Modern European History from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Before joining Webster, he served as Director of Virginia Tech’s Center for European Studies and Architecture in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland and was a faculty member at Boston University, both at their home campus in Boston and at European locations in Belgium, France, Germany and Italy.

With an extensive academic and professional career in European Studies, Dr. Hirsh was an excellent choice as a keynote speaker at the ICD Annual Conference. In his presentation, entitled “The End of History Re-Visited”, Hirsh addressed the competing theses put forward by Francis Fukuyama and Samuel Huntington about the consequences of the end of the Cold War. He further discussed his personal observations about the Berlin Wall and the Cold War and its consequences for us today.

In addition, Dr. Hirsh was presented with the honor of joining the ICD Advisory Board and the ICD Council for Cultural Diplomacy Studies. The Advisory Board is a volunteer group of government and academic leaders who provide the ICD with advice and suggestions as they develop their programs. His past education and work experience will be a great asset to the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy.

The full speech from Dr. Hirsh can be viewed at: http://www.cd-n.org/index.php?prof-dr-arthur-hirsch-director-webster-university-vienna-campus