Taking an interdisciplinary approach, Myles Jackson ties together intellectual property, the sociology of race, and molecular biology by showing how certain patent regimes have rewarded different forms of intellectual property. The decision to patent genes was not inevitable, Jackson argues, nor "natural." Jackson explains the economic and political interests that provide the impetus for making those choices and explains the alternatives.
The living room of the Academy was alive on the evening of Monday, October 27, with many friends and family members of the late Melvin J. Lasky, the American public intellectual and editor, who died in June 2004, at the age of 84. They joined Academy guests for a book presentation of Und alles war still: Deutsches Tagebuch 1945, written by the young Lasky, when he was military historian, at age 25. The book is now published for the first time, in German, by Rowohlt Verlag. »
On the evening of October 14, Axel Springer fellow Daniel Rosenberg presented his book-in-progress Toward A Quantitative History of Data. In it he traces the emergence and development of the concept of data in the West from the 1600s until today. In his introductory remarks, Dean of Fellows Wolf Schäfer expressed his excitement about a “cool” project that works with quantitative as well as qualitative methods -- "data" with the help of data, so to speak. »
On the evening of October 6, 2014, Mary L. Schapiro, a fall 2014 Allianz Distinguished Visitor at the American Academy in Berlin, delivered an enlightening talk at the Allianz Forum, in conversation with Andreas Kluth, Berlin Bureau Chief and German Correspondent for The Economist. »