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Gerhard Casper becomes President of the American Academy

Welcoming new leadership to the Wannsee

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. »

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Gerhard Casper's Remarks at the Henry Kissinger Prize Ceremony

A special laudation for the 2015 Kissinger Prize honorees

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, »

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The Henry A. Kissinger Prize Ceremony

Congratulations to President Giorgio Napolitano and Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher

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. »

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American Academy Berlin Prize Recipients

Announcing our new Fellows

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.” »

Published in Economics

Reflections on a Progressive Economic Policy

An American view

“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. »