Friday, December 02, 2016 | Economics

Beyond the Lecture: Joseph Stiglitz

The future of the euro, free trade, and American economic policy

On this edition of the American Academy in Berlin's “Beyond the Lecture” series, Nobel-laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz discussed his most recent book, The Euro: How a Common Currency Threatens the Future of Europe. It was published this fall in Germany by Siedler Verlag, as Europa Spart Sich Kaputt. We spoke with Stiglitz about the future of the euro, free...

Thursday, December 01, 2016 | Arts and Culture

Fellow Spotlight: Ioana Uricaru

Dirk Ippen Lecture

Ioana Uricaru is a director, screenwriter, and Assistant Professor of Film and Media Culture at Middlebury College. “Paperclip,” Uricaru’s fiction film project at the Academy, is inspired by real events: the American intelligence project Operation Paperclip. At the end of World War II, the OSS recruited...

Thursday, December 01, 2016 | Humanities

Transitional Justice? Western Allied Approaches to Denazification

Berthold Leibinger Lecture

In her November 29 lecture, historian Rebecca Boehling examined divergent Western Allies' theories behind denazification and how they implemented their policies once on the ground. How, she asked, did denazification develop from the intent to come to terms with, if not confront, the past, and to attempt a level of...

Monday, November 28, 2016 | Obituary

Remembering Kurt Viermetz (1939-2016)

The American Academy in Berlin mourns the death of founding trustee Kurt Viermetz, who passed away in Augsburg on Friday, November 25, 2016. The Academy’s leadership offers sincere condolences to Viermetz’s family and friends—and remembers his inimitable contribution to the American Academy in Berlin:

Chairman Gahl Burt:

“It is with...

Monday, November 28, 2016 | Humanities

Per Capitularios Nostros: Law and Its Uses in the Frankish Kingdoms

John P. Birkelund Lecture

There are more than two hundred surviving manuscripts of Frankish capitularies—royal laws divided into chapters. Though they were produced by kings and courts, they were mostly copied by local authorities who decided to use them for their own purposes. Jennifer Davis's lecture, the title of which is eponymous with her...

Thursday, November 24, 2016 | Humanities

Fellow Spotlight: Rebecca Boehling

The complexities of postwar denazification

Rebecca Boehling, the Academy's Berthold Leibinger Fellow in fall 2016, is a professor of history and an affiliate professor of Judaic studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she was the founding director of the Dresher Center for the Humanities. From 2013 to 2015 she directed the International...

Monday, November 21, 2016 | Arts and Culture

Fall 2016 Fellows in the Berlin Journal

From the legacy of Frankish law to delivering pizza

The fall 2016 Berlin Journal features several thought-provoking articles and stories by fall 2016 Academy fellows: Esra Akcan on 1980s Kreuzberg archictecture; Timothy Brown on West German...

Friday, November 18, 2016 | Humanities

Fellow Spotlight: Jennifer R. Davis

Tracing the legacy of Frankish Law

Jennifer R. Davis is an associate professor of history and director of graduate studies at the Catholic University of America and the John P. Birkelund Fellow at the Academy in fall 2016. In her recent book Charlemagne’s Practice of Empire (Cambridge, 2015), Davis examines how the Frankish king Charlemagne...

Thursday, November 10, 2016 | Arts and Culture

Fellow Spotlight: Tom Franklin

Mixing mystery, horror, and literature

Writer Tom Franklin, who teaches in the University of Mississippi’s MFA program, is the author of Poachers, Hell at the Breech, and Smonk, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, and Tilted World, written collaboratively with his wife, poet Beth Ann Fennelly. If there is a thread...

Monday, November 07, 2016 | Special Event

Academy Leadership on the 2016 Presidential Election

The United States has just elected its forty-fifth president, Donald J. Trump, after months of some of the most hostile campaigning the country has ever seen. What do the results mean for the work of the American Academy in Berlin and the transatlantic relationship? Its leadership responds.

Michael P. Steinberg, President of the American Academy in Berlin: