In the October/November issue of 2002, the University of Heidelberg newsletter Unispiegel announced a series of public lectures dedicated to the question: “Are we still a people of poets and thinkers?” The subtitle provided the information that the university’s Studium Generale lecture series in winter semester 2002/2003 would focus on educational questions (Bildungsfragen) (Unispiegel, 2002). Ten different scholars were invited to speak, including even one scholar from abroad, as the announcement proudly emphasized. The speakers were philosophers, historians, politicians, and writers-and none of them were from the educational sciences.