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Thank You for Being Late

Pausing to Reflect on the Twenty-First Century

“You can dance in a hurricane, but only if you are standing in the eye.” The lyric comes from a song by Brandi Carlile, and it is one that Thomas L. Friedman, in the Stephen M. Kellen Lecture he delivered at the American Academy in Berlin on April 22, cited as a key to understanding his approach to the world. The eye, for Friedman, is St. Louis Park, Minnesota, the Minneapolis suburb where he grew up -- a place, he says, that forms the source for his view of the world. »

Published in Social Sciences

Gender, War, and Memory

Women in the military during and after World War II

The World War II mini-series Unsere Mütter--Unsere Väter, called Generation War in English, created a stir in Germany when it aired in 2013. Focusing on World War II in Germany and Eastern Europe, the series examined the atrocities committed by the German Wehrmacht and its role in the Holocaust. »

Published in Humanities

Guggenheim Foundation Fellows Announced

Congratulations to American Academy alumni

The American Academy congratulates four alumni for having been selected as 2015 fellows by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Thomas Christensen, Rivka Galchen, Alex Ross, and Sean Shepherd are among 175 artists, scholars, and scientists selected from 3,100 applicants for the prestigious honor. »

Published in Technology

The Cultural Work of Algorithms

Interventions in the subject-object relationship

On the evening of March 12, 2015, the American Academy’s Holtzbrinck Fellow William Uricchio held his lecture,  "The Cultural Work of Algorithms." He was introduced by Margreth Lünenborg, a professor of journalism studies at the Freie Universität Berlin -- an apt choice, given the effect algorithms have had on her field in recent years. »