Donnerstag, Oktober 15

The South and the Federal Income Tax

Siemens Lecture 

Economic historian Robin Einhorn notes that most commentators tend to focus on two questions about American tax politics: how high or low, and how progressive or regressive. Yet because the US political system is designed to emphasize geography more strongly than class-interest or political ideology, the history of federal taxation is better understood in geographical terms. »

Dienstag, Oktober 20

A Global History of Health: Reconstructing Humankind’s Encounters with Infectious Diseases

Anna-Maria Kellen Lecture 

Historian Monica Green’s lecture “A Global History of Health" addresses the need for a narrative of global health that encompasses every continent, across time, and includes all major infectious diseases. This means, as well, the inclusion of histories of pathogens and the human actions that played a role in human exposure to disease. As she reframes the public discussion of epidemic and pandemic, Green’s work is relevant to biomedical researchers, molecular biologists, population geneticists, and policymakers. »

Montag, Oktober 26

Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity

American Academy Book Presentation 

In this lecture, Robert Beachy presents the broad argument from his book Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity (published in November 2014 and in German translation last June). Beachy argues that German legal reformers and medical doctors invented a new language to describe an “essentialist” sexual identity that helped to shape Berlin’s community of sexual minorities, both before and after the First World War. »

Donnerstag, Oktober 29

The Possibility of Social Progress

Daimler Lecture 

Philosopher Philip Kitcher's lecture speaks to his Academy project “Renewing Pragmatism,” in which he expands upon American philosopher John Dewey’s version of American pragmatism. »