2023 Gala Dinner

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You are cordially invited to the Friends of Freiburg Sixth Annual Gala Dinner on April 13, 2023. The dinner will take place at the Liederkranz of New York, located at 6 East 87th St, New York, NY 10128.

Cocktail Reception 6:00 PM — Dinner and Remarks 7:00 PM

Dress Code is Cocktail Attire 

We are pleased to welcome distinguished University of Freiburg alumni and partners to the first annual dinner since the coronavirus pandemic. Speakers will include:

  • Mr. Jeffrey Himmel, President of Friends of Freiburg University
  • Prof. Dr. Kerstin Krieglstein, Rector of the University of Freiburg
  • Prof. Dr. Ralf von den Hoff, Executive Director of the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS)
  • Mr. David Gill, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in New York, “Reflections on Six Years in the United States”

Since 1457 the University of Freiburg has served as center of innovation and education on the edge of the Black Forest. Today, alumni of the university — including 23 Nobel laureates — continue to change the world. Friends of Freiburg University strives to foster relations between the university and its partners and supporters in North America, and tonight we invite you to invest in the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, the university’s premiere research institution for junior and senior scholars.

  • EISWEIN / $5000: Table for eight, full-page ad and logo listed prominently in gala program
  • AUSLESE / $3000: Half-table (four seats), half-page ad and logo listed in gala program
  • KABINETT / $1500: Pair of seats, logo listed in gala program

Donations are tax-deductible as Friends of Freiburg is a 501(c)3 organization.

Suggested contribution for individual tickets: $100 for alumni and friends, $45 for young professionals.

We hope that you will join us for this special evening. Directions to the Liederkranz can be found by clicking here.

Please RSVP by clicking this link or writing directly to Marta Millar at alumni.fr.northamerica@gmail.com by April 6.


Consul General David Gill: Born in 1966, Gill grew up in a protestant minister’s family in Herrnhut, Saxony, in former East Germany. He was denied a higher education by the communist regime for political reasons. Instead, he trained and worked as a plumber before joining a preparatory protestant school and later the theological seminary of the Protestant Church in Berlin-Brandenburg. In 1990, he initially was the chairman of Normannenstrasse Citizens’ Committee which oversaw the dissolution of the Ministry of State Security at the Stasi headquarters and served as the secretary of the Special Committee for the dissolution of the Stasi of the East German Parliament. After reunification, Gill became spokesman and head of the research division of the Federal Commissioner for the Stasi-Files before studying law in Berlin and Philadelphia. After holding positions in the Federal Ministry of the Interior and at the Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information in Berlin, he served as the Deputy Representative of the Council of the Protestant Church in Germany to the Federal Republic of Germany and the European Union. During Federal President Joachim Gauck’s term from 2012-2017, he was state secretary and chief of staff of the President. Since August 2017, he has been the German Consul General in New York.

Rector Prof. Dr. Kerstin Krieglstein: On October 1, 2020, the first female rector in the history of the University of Freiburg took office. Prof. Dr. Kerstin Krieglstein was previously Rector of the University of Constance from 2018-2020. She studied chemistry and pharmacy, received her doctorate in pharmacology from the University of Marburg in 1990, and habilitated in anatomy and cell biology at the University of Heidelberg in 1997. After professorships at the University of Göttingen and the University of Saarland, she accepted a professorship in anatomy at the University of Freiburg in 2007. In 2013, the Medical Faculty elected her as its first full-time dean. She held this office from April 1, 2014 until her move to Constance, and was thus also a member of the board of the University Hospital of Freiburg. In addition, she has been a member of the Leopoldina – National Academy of Sciences since 2007.

Prof. Dr. Ralf von den Hoff

 Professor Dr. Ralf von den Hoff received his PhD in Classical Archaeology at the University of Bonn in 1992 after he had studied Classical Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology and Ancient History in Bonn and Munich. From 1993-2004 he was a lecturer of Classical Archaeology at the University of Munich, where he qualified for a professorship in 2000 (habilitation). In 1999/2000, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor (Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation) at the Department of Classics at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore/MA. Since February 2005, he is Professor of Classical Archaeology and Director of the Archaeological Collection at the University of Freiburg. 

Ralf von den Hoff’s research field is the visual culture and art of ancient Greece and Rome. He has published broadly on ancient portraits of philosophers, on Greek heroic iconography and on ancient sculpture. Between 2004 and 2010, he conducted field projects in Pergamon and Aizanoi (Turkey). 

At Freiburg University, he is directing an interdisciplinary Collaborate Research Center (CRC/SFB) on ‘Heroes, Heroizations and Heroisms from Antiquity to the Modern Day’ since 2012. He was a fellow at FRIAS in 2012-2013 and at the ‘Morphomata Center for Advanced Studies’ at the University of Cologne in 2018/9 and 2020. Since 2021, he is a Member of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. Since October 2022, he is the Executive Director of the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS). 


The Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies is the international research college of the University of Freiburg. As an integral part of the university, the Institute unites under its roof the humanities and social sciences as well as medicine, the natural and life sciences, and engineering.

FRIAS offers leading academics (Senior Fellows) as well as outstanding early-stage researchers (Junior Fellows) from Freiburg and around the world the opportunity to concentrate exclusively on their (individual or joint) research projects for a certain  period of time. It is in this way that the Institute creates a unique space and atmosphere for research within the university, enriches the global network of Freiburg-based researchers, and enhances the international visibility of the research conducted at the University of Freiburg. Particular attention is paid to promoting promising young academics, with FRIAS creating ample opportunities for them to build international networks by engaging in inspirational discussions and collaborative research with the members of the Fellow community across disciplines and (not just academic) cultures .

FRIAS invites renowned scholars from around the world to Freiburg, offering a setting in which they can dedicate themselves to an inspiring research project or publication of their choice. Here, they are provided with a stimulating working environment, comprehensive support for their project, quiet offices meeting their individual demands as well as access to extremely well-equipped labs.

The sixth annual gala dinner benefits the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies and its commitment to developing the highest levels of research at the global level. For more information, please visit: https://www.frias.uni-freiburg.de/en/home

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