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Welcoming the Thirty-Third Class of Berlin Prize Fellows

From medieval manuscripts to the future of gene patenting

The American Academy welcomed its thirty-third class of fellows at the Hans Arnhold Center on September 18, 2014. The evening began with introductions by Academy Chairman A. Michael Hoffman and Executive Director Gary Smith. Hoffman welcomed not only the fellows but also Academy’s new Dean of Fellows, Wolf Schäfer, who was himself a new fellow just a year ago, in fall 2013. »

Published in Economics

The Zero Marginal Cost Society

The Internet of Things, the collaborative commons, and the end of capitalism

Distinguished visitor Jeremy Rifkin opened his lecture at the Allianz Forum by predicting nothing less than the end of capitalism as we know it. The famed social theorist and futurist believes that as a new sharing economy begins to flourish, the entire capitalist system is being forced to undergo a deep-rooted transformation in order to accommodate a new global trend he calls "the collaborative commons." While capitalism will not "cease to exist" entirely, Rifkin says, he predicts that it will no longer be the primary economic system by the year 2050. »

Published in Foreign Policy

Rising China and the Dangerous Beginning of a Post-American World

Assessing the behavior of China and the West at the crossroads

“The old world is dying. The new world has not yet emerged. And in the twilight rises up a monster.” – Antonio Gramsci

With this portentous quotation, Airbus Distinguished Visitor Jamie Metzl, a senior fellow at the Asia Society and a principal at the private equity firm Cranemere, Inc., delivered an engaging perspective on the rise of China and its effects upon the existing world order. »

Published in Foreign Policy

The Spring 2014 "Berlin Journal" on NPR Berlin

The story of the creation of the Richard C. Holbrooke Forum for Diplomacy and Governance

The spring 2014 edition of the "Berlin Journal," which airs on NPR Berlin on July 5 and 7, covers the diplomatic trajectory of Richard C. Holbrooke, who founded the American Academy in Berlin in 1994, as outgoing US ambassador to Germany. Through the decades of his career, beginning in the 1970s, Holbrooke served in some of the most difficult posts and handled many of the most seemingly hopeless tasks on American diplomacy’s to-do list, including the 1995 Dayton Accords, which ended the war in Bosnia. »

Published in Special Event

Hot Off the Press: The Spring 2014 Berlin Journal

The new Berlin Journal features a new look, a thematic focus, in-depth book reviews, and much more.

The American Academy's house magazine, The Berlin Journal, published twice per year, is now in its twenty-sixth issue. The spring 2014 Berlin Journal features a smart re-design by Edenspiekermann and a new section devoted to a single theme, with which we aim to mirror some of the intellectual debates taking place at our Wannsee villa. »