The spring 2015 semester at the American Academy in Berlin concluded on the evening of June 23, ending an excellent season of lectures, presentations and events by our Fellows and Distinguished Visitors. This summer will see work on the Holbrooke Forum continue, but our public program will resume in September, when the fall 2015 Berlin Prize recipients take up residence at the Hans Arnhold Center. We are very excited about our next class of Fellows and will be posting our fall schedule of talks, readings, screenings, lectures, and special events later this summer. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Hans Arnhold Center again then.
The American Academy welcomes Professor Gerhard Casper, who begins his work as the Academy’s president today.
Professor Casper, a former president of Stanford University, was born in Hamburg, Germany. He studied law at the Universities of Hamburg and Freiburg and at Yale Law School and immigrated to the US to take up a faculty appointment at the University of California at Berkeley. From Berkeley, he went to the University of Chicago, where he spent 26 years. He served as the ninth President of Stanford University, from 1992-2000. »
Professor Gerhard Casper is the incoming President of the American Academy in Berlin and the former President of Stanford University. Here's what he said to introduce the Henry Kissinger Prize honoring former Italian President Giorgio Napolitano and former German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher.
Presidents, Ministers, Excellencies,
Dear Friends and Supporters of the American Academy in Berlin,
Ladies and Gentlemen, »
This year’s Henry A. Kissinger Prize was awarded on the evening of June 17 to former Italian President Giorgio Napolitano and to former German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher for their contributions to healing the wounds of World War II, bringing Europe closer together and tightening the transatlantic bond. »
The American Academy in Berlin has awarded Berlin Prizes – semester-long fellowships in Berlin – to twenty-one artists, historians, literary scholars, and writers for fall 2015 and spring 2016. In addition, the American Academy's independent music and art juries also awarded fellowships for 2016 and 2017.
The American Academy’s Acting Chairman Gahl Hodges Burt said: “We look forward to the arrival of these outstanding fellows and to continuing the US/German conversation in all of their different fields.” »
“It is no small thing that doubts about the sustainability of the euro area have been quelled,” said Lawrence H. Summers in delivering the Kurt Viermetz Lecture at the American Academy on the evening of May 28. He also noted that the risk of bank runs has almost completely subsided. »