How do Constitutions legitimate their claim to authority? Bruce Ackerman, Sterling Professor at Yale Law School and the spring 2015 Daimler Fellow, argues in this lecture that it happens in three different ways: the first path is pursued by revolutionary outsiders; the second, by established insiders; the third, by established insiders striking a deal with political elites previously excluded from the system. Different pathways generate different legitimation problems – combining to create a distinctive crisis in the European Community as it confronts its future.
The American Academy in Berlin heartily welcomed its thirty-fourth class of fellows at the Hans Arnhold Center on the evening of January 19, 2015. Attended by professionals from the worlds of academia, journalism, the arts, business, and politics, as well as a number of the Academy's trustees, supporters, and friends, the spring 2015 Fellows Presentation began with introductions by trustee Josef Joffe, of Die Zeit, who welcomed the Academy’s incoming president, Gerhard Casper. »
The fall 2014 edition of "Berlin Journal," which aired on January 3 and 5 on NPR Berlin (104.1 FM), features coverage of the American Academy in Berlin's twentieth anniversary celebration, with remarks thoughtful and emotional by keynote speakers Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Bard College president, Leon Botstein, and New York Times columnist Roger Cohen, an Academy trustee. Then, former Academy dean of fellows Wolf Schäfer sits down with fall 2014 fellow Monica Black to talk about a curious postwar German faith healer named Bruno Gröning, and novelist and Adam Ro »
The newest issue of the Berlin Journal features a range of articles from Academy fellows, alumni, and broader circle of contributors -- with a special focus on "Berlin, Fiction, Memory," with new stories by alumni Jonathan Lethem and Nicole Krauss and by fall 2014 fellow Adam Ross; a newly translated story by Mynona (aka, Salomo Friedlaender), by alumnus Peter Wortsman; reflections on Berlin in fiction by editor of Literarische »
Fall 2014 Anna-Maria Kellen Fellow Marjorie Woods, a literary historian at the University of Texas at Austin, has spent decades translating hundreds of medieval Latin manuscripts, particularly the marginalia they contain, teasing out the broader implications for medieval European pedagogy. »
The Trustees of the American Academy in Berlin are delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Dr. Gerhard Casper as its President. Professor Casper, President Emeritus of Stanford University and Trustee Emeritus of the American Academy, will assume his duties as President in July 2015. »