Thursday, February 23

Institutions, Migrants, and Machines: Three Pivotal Transitions in American Law since 1890

Lloyd Cutler Lecture 

In this lecture, Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, of the Supreme Court of California, discusses how many countries throughout the world face dilemmas about the role of immigrants in society, the legitimacy and capacity of domestic institutions, and social and economic changes triggered by technological innovation. In the United States, Cuéllar notes, these dilemmas have had major consequences for the country’s recent history and its place in the world. »

Tuesday, February 28

The Illusion of America First

Foreign Policy Forum 

The world stands at a hinge moment in history, says William Drozdiak, a nonresident senior fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at The Brookings Institution. In this lecture, Drozdiak will discuss the weakening of the Pax Americana that has managed global security and world trade for seven decades, the recent rise of populist nationalism in Europe, and new threats to the European Union's coherence. But the focus of this talk is the United States, where President Donald Trump has vowed to place American interests above all else. »

Thursday, March 09

Mind of the MOUND and the Moundverse

Guna S. Mundheim Artist Talk 

The MOUND is central to the mythos created by artist Trenton Doyle Hancock. The characters he invents are all linked to "Moundkind" in some way. But what is a MOUND? In this talk, Hancock explains that “Mound” is the name he gives to a species of magical mutated beings that reside in the forest. Most Mounds have black and white fur bands encircling their bodies, with pink sores interrupting the fur. »

Thursday, March 16

Max Lorenz: Glorious Tenor in a Dark Age

American Academy Lecture 

In this lecture, Hamburg-born, New York-based critic Manuela V. Hoelterhoff tells the story of the German heldentenor Max Lorenz, who first triumphed in Bayreuth in the fateful year of 1933, when Richard Wagner's little town also welcomed Germany’s new chancellor and chief opera buff: Adolf Hitler. Until 1940, Hoelterhoff recounts, Hitler loved going to Bayreuth to watch Wagner’s proxies set the stage on fire in Gotterdammerung, the fourth and last music drama of his Ring cycle. »

Tuesday, March 28

The After Party: A Novel in Progress

Mary Ellen von der Heyden Reading 

More often than not, writer Molly Antopol’s work is driven by questions rather than themes: What happens when the causes to which a person has dedicated their life lose relevance in the course of world events? What happens to a person when they’re so intent on trying to change the world they lose sight of the people closest to them? What’s the relationship between activism and narcissism? »