Monday, September 28, 2015 | Arts and Culture

Of Mood: An Atmospheric Reading

Holtzbrinck Lecture

On Thursday, September 24, Mary Cappello presented a multi-modal reading drawn from her new writing on “mood”—a suite of lyric essays and experimental prose that allows for mood’s mercurial nature, gives free play to mood’s pre-conscious origins, and follows the lead of its kinship with “...

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 | The Berlin Prize

The Fall 2015 Fellows Presentation

Welcoming the 34th Class of Fellows

The fall 2015 fellows presentation took place on September 17 at the American Academy's Hans Arnhold Center, with opening remarks by Gerhard Casper and welcoming remarks by Hermann Parzinger, president of the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz.

Watch the full video of the presentation here....

Monday, September 21, 2015 | Special Event

Berlin Mayor Michael Müller at the American Academy

A Visit from the Honorary Trustee

The Regierende Bürgermeister of Berlin, Michael Müller, paid the American Academy an official visit on September 18. Mayor Müller, Dr. Volker Pellet (his chief of protocol), Esther Keller (Berlin Office of Foreign Affairs), Academy COO Christian Diehl, and Academy President Gerhard Casper had a very friendly and productive exchange about the relationship between the American Academy...

Thursday, September 10, 2015 | Science

Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel on Brain Science and Art

Richard von Weizsäcker Distinguished Visitor

Dr. Eric Kandel (pictured here with Academy president, Gerhard Casper) was at the American Academy in Berlin from September 8 to 10 to deliver the semester's Richard von Weizsäcker Lecture, on the evening of September 9. Before an audience of over 200 guests, Kandel, a Nobel Laureate, discussed how the new biological science...

Monday, August 17, 2015 | The Berlin Prize

The Berlin Prize Recipients

Presenting the 2015-2016 Class of 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 Chairman Gahl Hodges Burt said:...

Monday, July 06, 2015 | Politics

Why Do Authoritarian Regimes Cling So Persistently to Power?

The Richard C. Holbrooke Forum Summer Workshop

Martin Dimitrov, a spring 2012 Academy alumnus and chair of the Richard C. Holbrooke Forum's summer 2015 workshop, Authoritarianism in a Global Context, is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director...

Wednesday, July 01, 2015 | Leadership

Welcoming Gerhard Casper

New Presidential Leadership on the Wannsee

The American Academy welcomes Professor Gerhard Casper, who begins his work as the Academy’s president on July 1, 2015.

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...

Thursday, June 18, 2015 | Special Event

Gerhard Casper's Remarks at the Kissinger Prize Ceremony

A Special Laudation for the 2015 Honorees

Professor Gerhard Casper is the incoming President of the American Academy in Berlin and the former President of Stanford University. The following is his introduction to the 2015 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...

Thursday, June 18, 2015 | Special Event

The 2015 Henry Kissinger Prize

Honoring Giorgio Napolitano and 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.

Austrian President Heinz Fischer, Italian Foreign Affairs Minister...

Thursday, June 04, 2015 | 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.

Beyond that,...