This lec­ture series provides a plat­form on which socially rel­ev­ant themes can be addressed by inspir­a­tion­al fig­ures from a num­ber of coun­tries. The pub­lic dis­cus­sion at St. Peter’s Church in Leipzig between Kurt Mas­ur, Helmut Schmidt and Peter Maf­fay in Octo­ber 2014, which marked the 25th anniversary of the peace­ful revolu­tion, counts as the first in this series. The IKMI is organ­ising this pro­ject, which extends far bey­ond Leipzig and even Ger­many, in col­lab­or­a­tion with part­ners with whom Kurt Mas­ur also had a spe­cial rela­tion­ship in his life­time.