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Whistling up a Storm: Toward a History of Emergency

What is an emergency if everything becomes urgent?

“Would you all please take out your mobile phones, your cell phones, your handys and turn them on. Please, let them ring or buzz or whistle or hoot, but not to vibrate. God forbid there is an emergency while I am talking and you do not hear the call. No, I am serious! For the history of the nature, notion, and experience of emergency is bound to acts of calling.”  »

Published in Architecture

X-Ray Architecture

The building as body

On the evening of November 18, the lecture room of the Hans Arnhold Center was packed with young architects and design connoisseurs who eagerly anticipated the start of Berthold Leibinger Fellow Beatriz Colomina’s lecture, "X-Ray Architecture." The lecture's striking and unusual first claim? »

Published in Social Sciences

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. »