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.