Nexus Conference 2015 -

14 November 2015
9.45 – 16.00
National Opera & Ballet, Amsterdam

Waiting for the Barbarians


In his keynote lecture, Amos Oz elaborates on the fruitfulness of going on early morning walks, on what makes good literature, and on curiosity.


A discussion with Amin Gemayel, Donald Sassoon, Anne Applebaum, Bettina Stangneth and Abderrahmane Sissako.


Anne Applebaum, Bettina Stangneth, Marian Turski and Donald Sassoon discuss the question ‘Does Evil Exist?’


Listen to what happened when Turski was beaten up and lost his glasses. A poor eyesight is equivalent to death in concentration camps, but Turski is still with us to share his insights.


A discussion with Zeev Sternhell, Ahmed Gâaloul, Michael Shermer and Leon Wieseltier.


A discussion with Leon Wieseltier, John Haldane, Michael Shermer, Azza El-Kholy, Robert Putnam and Zeev Sternhell.


United States, 1964

Anne Applebaum

historian and author Gulag: A History

Egypt, 1960

Azza El-Kholy

head of research Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Tunesia, 1966

Ahmed Gâaloul

writer and political advisor for the Ennahdha party

Lebanon, 1942

Amine Gemayel

former president of Lebanon

United Kingdom, 1954

John Haldane

philosopher and insider at the Vatican

United States, 1941

Robert D. Putnam

political scientist

Egypt, 1946

Donald Sassoon

emeritus professor of comparative European history

United States, 1954

Michael Shermer

professional skeptic

Mauritania, 1961

Abderrahmane Sissako

film director

Germany, 1966

Bettina Stangneth

philosopher and historian, expert on Eichmann

Poland, 1935 - 2020

Zeev Sternhell

historian and political scientist

Poland, 1926

Marian Turski

Holocaust survivor, historian and founder POLIN Museum

United States, 1952

Leon Wieseltier

Jewish-American public intellectual and author Kaddish