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The Challenge of Recent History: Political and Economic Crisis in Post-1968 Mexico

Researching how the Mexican middle class became consumer-citizens

On the evening of November 13, Louise Walker, Associate Professor of History at Northeastern University, delivered this semester's Siemens lecture, which addressed how the Mexican middle class experienced increased inflation and navigated an emerging consumer credit economy. The entire process was driven and constructed, Walker argued, through state initiative, specifically interpellated by two organizations: the National Fund for Worker Consumption and the Federal Law for the Protection of the Consumer, created in 1973 and 1976, respectively. »

Published in Special Event

Gary Smith Receives Bundesverdienstkreuz 1. Klasse

Highest civilian honor in Germany awarded to the executive director of the American Academy in Berlin

On behalf of Federal President Joachim Gauck, Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit awarded the Verdienstkreuz 1. Klasse des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublik Deutschland to Dr. Gary Smith, executive director of the American Academy in Berlin. The award recognizes Dr. »

Published in Social Sciences

The Genealogy of a Gene: Patents, HIV/AIDS, and Race

The big meanings of little acids

On the evening of November 4, Bosch Fellow in Public Policy Myles Jackson described how he has used the CCR5 gene as a heuristic tool to probe the relationship among biomedical science, technology, and society, in general -- and between molecular biology and intellectual property law, in particular. During the 1980s and '90s, various branches of the federal government encouraged patenting in general, and genes in particular. »

Published in Humanities

Melvin J. Lasky’s War Diary: Und alles war still: Deutsches Tagebuch 1945

An evening to remember him

The living room of the Academy was alive on the evening of Monday, October 27, with many friends and family members of the late Melvin J. Lasky, the American public intellectual and editor, who died in June 2004, at the age of 84. They joined Academy guests for a book presentation of Und alles war still: Deutsches Tagebuch 1945, written by the young Lasky, when he was military historian, at age 25. The book is now published for the first time, in German, by Rowohlt Verlag. »

Published in Foreign Policy

China and the West: Challenges and Opportunities

Divining the complex future of Sino-European relations

The October 23 Foreign Policy Forum at the American Academy in Berlin, "China and the West: Challenges and Opportunities," moderated by Eberhard Sandschneider, of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik, dealt with the topical theme of China’s waxing role in international politics. »