June 22, 2011
In the Presence of Greatness
I hadn’t intended to take the tour of the historic Stockholm Town Hall, but it was on the way from Old Town to the conference opening reception so I decided to stop in. I’m glad that I did. Not only is the building historically and architecturally interesting, the Nobel Prizes award ceremony is held there each year. Standing in the great hall is the closest that I will ever get to some of the greatest scientists, thinkers, writers and activists in our world.
The Nobel Prize ceremony is held in this hall, called the blue hall because it was originally supposed to be painted blue.
Wedding ceremonies, each 3 minutes, are held in this hall (which really is blue) on Saturday afternoons. The murals were painted by a prince.
A scene from the gold hall -- all the walls are covered with scenes from Swedish history done in gold tiles
Creating academic and public environments for the humanities to flourish
Researching Soviet and Eastern European history
Engaging people and ideas as a writer and interviewer
Traveling as much as possible
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