Wednesday, October 19, 2016 | Social Sciences

Beyond the Lecture: Douglas Rivers and the Angry Voter

Polling angry voters of the 2016 Presidential election

In this edition of "Beyond the Lecture," noted polling expert Douglas Rivers discusses the 2016 US Presidential election campaign and the outpouring of anger it has witnessed across the political spectrum. What is the source of this widespread discontent? Is it primarily an economic phenomenon, related to disruptions caused by inequality, trade, and immigration? Or is it more a...

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 | Social Sciences

Fellow Spotlight: Michael Watts

The generational crises of Nigeria

Michael Watts is Class of 1963 Professor of Geography and Development Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. For ten years Watts served as director of the Institute of International Studies, which promotes cross-disciplinary research and training on global issues. He established the Berkeley Working Group on...

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 | Humanities

Fellow Spotlight: Alex Novikoff

Debate and the medieval public sphere

Alex Novikoff teaches medieval history at Fordham University, where he also serves as the undergraduate chair of the Center for Medieval Studies. His research simultaneously embraces the scholastic culture of the High Middle Ages, Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations, and the many interconnections between pedagogy and...

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 | Arts and Culture

Fellow Spotlight: Daniel Joseph Martinez

Mining the social and political landscape

For over 35 years Daniel Joseph Martinez has honed his politically inflected artistic practice, which the critic Jeffrey Kastner has characterized as “unapologetically prob[ing] uncomfortable issues of personal and collective identity, seeking out threadbare spots in the fabric of conventional wisdom.”...

Monday, October 17, 2016 | Humanities

Fellow Spotlight: Timothy Brown

Understanding the greening of Cold War Germany

Professor of History at Northeastern University Timothy Brown, a Bosch Public Policy Fellow at the Academy in fall 2016, focuses on twentieth-century German and transatlantic political and cultural history, radical mass movements and the revolts of 1968, popular music and youth subcultures, and environmental politics. At the Academy, Brown is working on his newest project, “The Greening...

Monday, October 10, 2016 | Humanities

Fellow Spotlight: Charles Häberl

Investigating the folklore and diaspora of the Mandaean gnostics

Anna-Maria Kellen Fellow Charles Häberl is the chair and associate professor in the department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian languages and literatures at Rutgers University. In his Academy project, "Flights of Fancy: Legends of Persecution and Migration from Iraq and Iran," Häberl is working on...

Monday, October 10, 2016 | Humanities

Fellow Spotlight: Mary Ann Doane

Exploring the cultural repercussions of cinematic scale

The Academy's Anna-Maria Kellen Fellow in fall 2016 is Mary Ann Doane, a film historian and theorist and the 1937 Professor of Film and Media at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of The Emergence of Cinematic Time: Modernity, Contingency, the Archive (Harvard, 2002), Femmes Fatales:...

Monday, October 10, 2016 | Economics

The Euro: How a Common Currency Threatens the Future of Europe

Stephen M. Kellen Lecture

In this fall 2016 Stephen M. Kellen Lecture at the Academy, Nobel-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz offers insights and arguments from his latest book, The Euro: How a Common Currency Threatens the Future of Europe (Norton, 2016; German release as Europa spart sich kaputt, published by Siedler in...

Monday, September 26, 2016 | Architecture

Open Architecture: Buildings That Die More Than Once in Berlin-Kreuzberg

Ellen Maria Gorrissen Lecture

Esra Akcan's September 22 lecture at the American Academy defined "openness" as a foundational modern value albeit prone to contradictions, and open architecture as the translation of the ethics of hospitality into architecture. She focuses on a single street corner in Berlin, at Checkpoint Charlie, where the stories...

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 | Politics

The Angry Voter: Discontent in the American Electorate

American Academy Lecture

In this lecture (click on the video box to the right to watch), polling expert Douglas Rivers, chief scientist at YouGov and professor of political science at Stanford University, discusses the 2016 US Presidential election campaign and the outpouring of anger across the political spectrum. In both the Democratic...