Saturday, January 31, 2015 | Special Event

Remembering Richard von Weizsäcker

The passing of a cherished founding chairman of the American Academy in Berlin

The American Academy in Berlin mourns the death of Bundespräsident Richard von Weizsäcker.

Along with Henry Kissinger, Richard Holbrooke, and Thomas Farmer, Richard von Weizsäcker was one of the founders of the American Academy in Berlin, and he was a persistent champion of the German-American friendship.

His vision and enthusiasm, along with his unrelenting support over the...

Friday, January 30, 2015 | Law

A General Theory of World Constitutionalism – and the Crisis of the European Union

On the many ways to make a constitution

Daimler Fellow and Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University Bruce Ackerman drew a full house out to the American Academy for the first lecture of the spring 2015 semester, “A General Theory of World Constitutionalism-and the Crisis of the European Union.” Words of welcome were extended...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 | The Berlin Prize

Welcoming the Spring 2015 Class of Berlin Prize Fellows

With projects ranging from a critique of Internet of Things to the role of women in war

The American Academy in Berlin heartily welcomed its thirty-fourth class of fellows at the Hans Arnhold Center on the evening of January 19, 2015. Attended by professionals from the worlds of academia, journalism, the arts, business, and politics, as well as a number of the Academy's trustees, supporters, and friends, the spring 2015 Fellows Presentation began with introductions by trustee...

Wednesday, January 07, 2015 | Media

The Fall 2014 "Berlin Journal" on NPR Berlin

The American Academy at twenty, plus interviews with two fascinating fall fellows

The fall 2014 edition of "Berlin Journal," which aired on January 3 and 5 on NPR Berlin (104.1 FM), features coverage of the American Academy in Berlin's twentieth anniversary celebration, with remarks thoughtful and emotional by keynote speakers Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Bard College president, Leon Botstein, and New York Times columnist Roger Cohen, an Academy...

Monday, December 15, 2014 | Media

Hot Off the Presses: The Fall 2014 Berlin Journal

Berlin in fiction and memory, new features by fellows, and full coverage of our twentieth anniversary celebrations

The newest issue of the Berlin Journal features a range of articles from Academy fellows, alumni, and broader circle of contributors -- with a special focus on "Berlin, Fiction, Memory," with new stories by alumni Jonathan Lethem and ...

Monday, December 08, 2014 | Humanities

Weeping for Dido: Rhetoric, Gender, and Classical Emotions in the Medieval Classroom

How medieval boys experienced the emotions of ancient female protagonists

Fall 2014 Anna-Maria Kellen Fellow Marjorie Woods, a literary historian at the University of Texas at Austin, has spent decades translating hundreds of medieval Latin manuscripts, particularly the marginalia they contain, teasing out the broader implications for medieval European pedagogy. During her time at the Academy, Woods is furthering her research into medieval teachers’ notes in...

Wednesday, December 03, 2014 | Special Event

Former Stanford University President Appointed President of the American Academy

The Board of Trustees welcomes Professor Dr. Gerhard Casper

The Trustees of the American Academy in Berlin are delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Dr. Gerhard Casper as its President. Professor Casper, President Emeritus of Stanford University and Trustee Emeritus of the American Academy, will assume his duties as President in July 2015. In this role, he will combine the duties of Executive Director and...

Wednesday, December 03, 2014 | Humanities

Healer, Messiah, Rock Star: Bruno Gröning and the Early Federal Republic

Seeking spiritual redemption in postwar Germany

In the immediate aftermath of WWII, tens of thousands of Germans, despondent and reeling from defeat and military occupation, found solace in an obscure wonder-worker named Bruno Gröning. Gröning, it was said, could heal the sick, make the blind see, make the deaf hear. In her fascinating November 25 lecture, “Healer, Messiah, Rock Star: Bruno Gröning and the Early Federal Republic,...

Friday, November 21, 2014 | Humanities

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.” ...

Thursday, November 20, 2014 | 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? “Modern architecture of the early twentieth century,” Colomina said,...