From Ruth Schweikert to Bob Dylan How did Bob Dylan fall from grace? What about demographic change? Answers to these and other questions will be provided in the public lecture courses of the University of St.Gallen from 20 September onwards. 30 August 2010. The topics of this year’s public lecture programme are as diverse as the fields from which they derive. In 36 lecture courses, issues of our times will be dealt with at the University of St.Gallen: in economics and law, in the arts and in culture, in natural sciences and the humanities, but also in psychology and theology. Generation change as a challenge Seven HSG faculty members will elucidate our society’s demographic change from the point of view of different age groups: from the support of young people in socially precarious situations to autonomous forms of living for pensioners. Swiss literature Prof. Dr. Ulrike Landfester’s lecture course will deal with literary questions: on the occasion of the centenary of the birth of Max Frisch, she will provide a cross-sectional introduction to his work, looking into – among other things – his first novel, Antwort aus der Stille (An answer out of tranquillity), which he withheld for many years. Reading and pop culture As a representative of present-day Swiss literature, Ruth Schweikert will honour the HSG with a reading of her texts; in addition, she will be asking the question as to what relevance literature has for today’s society. Similar questions might be asked with regard to music. Bob Dylan, one of the most accomplished song poets of our times, is the topic of the lecture course by Dr. Martin Schäfer, the well-known Radio DRS3 editor. HSG in the region Besides the lectures courses run at the University, there will again be guest lectures away from the Campus this year. In the successfully established series, “The HSG in the region”, well-known exponents of the University, among them the President Designate, Prof. Dr. Thomas Bieger, will make a contribution to the debate about the economic and demographic significance of the major Swiss regions. The lecture series will take place in the Berufs- und Weiterbildungszentrum Rapperswil.