Friday, February 27, 2015 | Arts and Culture

Moon Medicin

Transfiguration of the commonplace

On the evening of February 24, interdisciplinary artist Sanford Biggers delivered the spring 2015 Guna S. Mundheim artist talk, “Moon Medicin,” at the American Academy in Berlin. Guests were greeted by Trustee-in-Residence Christine I. Wallich, followed by the editor of the art magazine Weltkunst, Lisa Zeitz, who spoke of Biggers’ abilities to masterfully combine...

Thursday, February 26, 2015 | Arts and Culture

In 27 Pieces

Composer-in-Residence Elliott Sharp on contributing to a Grammy win

The Fifty-Seventh Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 8, 2015, at the Staples Center, in Los Angeles. Among the winners was violinist Hilary Hahn, who received the award in the Best Chamber Music category, for her In 27 Pieces album of encores, recorded with pianist Cory Smythe. The album features 26 works (and one audition-winning work) commissioned by Hahn from...

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 |

Remembering Founding Chairman Thomas L. Farmer (1923-2015)

A remarkable German-American life in law and public service

The American Academy mourns the death of founding chairman Thomas L. Farmer, who passed away in Washington, DC, on Thursday, February 5, at age 91. "We are greatly saddened by Tom Farmer's passing," said the Academy's Acting Chairman, Gahl Hodges Burt. "It is fair to say that without Tom there would be no American Academy in Berlin. He was instrumental not only in garnering...

Monday, February 09, 2015 | Technology

The Internet of Things: Solutionism at Its Worst, or Humanity's Last Savior?

Who owns and uses the data that our smart things collect and produce?

On the evening of February 3, the lecture room of the Hans Arnhold Center was bursting at the seams: a huge crowd had come to hear Evgeny Morozov’s Bosch Public Policy lecture, “The Internet of Things: Solutionism at its Worst, or Humanity’s last Savior?”

Introducing Evgeny to Academy guests,...

Saturday, January 31, 2015 |

Remembering Richard von Weizsäcker (1920-2015)

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. "Richard von Weizsäcker was one of the great political leaders of our period," Henry A. Kissinger said today, "beyond politics, and an inspiration beyond the nation." Along with Henry Kissinger, Richard Holbrooke, and Thomas Farmer, Richard von Weizsäcker was one of the founders of...

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

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...