We are very sorry to announce that George Weidenfeld passed away on the 20th of January at the age of 96. Lord Weidenfeld was very much a “founding father” of the Europaeum in 1991-2, alongside Sir Ronald Grierson. They founded the Europaeum as an associaton which would allow European intellectuals, and especially young scholars and future leaders, to meet and discuss issues of common concern across and beyond boundaries. He always regarded the Europaeum as his ‘first baby’ and his many, many, other important initiatives were spawned through his experiences and discussions held under the auspices of the Europaeum. He was proud, as he reaffirmed only last December, that the association was still vibrant some 24 years after its foundation – and he was very impressed with our special Europaeum Day of European Democracy which proved so succeesful at Oxford lat November 23rd. He leaves a gap in our association that will be impossible to fill.
The Europaeum is once again collaborating again with the New York Review of Books Foundation on a forthcoming event entitled What’s Wrong with the Economy—and with Economics?, due to be held in New York at Scandinavia House, next month, March 13th–14th, with a range of exciting keynote speakers including Nobel prize-winning Economists, Paul Krugman and Edmund Phelps, and well known thinkers including Jeremy Waldron, recently at All Souls College, Oxford, and Lord (Robert) Skidelsky, who participated in our public debate on Austerity held in 2014 in Oxford. The Europaeum will be represented by Dr Andrew Graham, who chairs our Academic Council, former Economic advisor to the British Prime Minister and former Master of Balliol College, Oxford, who will also be speaking. Previous NYRB events we have supported include The Meaning of 1914 and the special video report on the Power, Privacy and Democracy event which took place in 2013.