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...

Monday, September 19, 2016 | The Berlin Prize

Presentation of the Fall 2016 Class of Fellows

Ushering in the new semester

On the evening of Thursday, September 15, the American Academy welcomed its thirty-seventh class of fellows to the Hans Arnhold Center. The fall 2016 class, chosen by an independent selection committee, will explore an array of projects and topics—some, but by no means all, directly related to...

Tuesday, September 06, 2016 | Leadership

Announcing Two New Directors

Welcoming Thomas Rommel and Jan Techau

The American Academy in Berlin is pleased to announce two new additions to its management staff. Thomas Rommel started as director of programs on September 1; Jan Techau will start as director of...

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 | Special Event

Welcoming the New President of the American Academy in Berlin

Historian Michael P. Steinberg takes the helm

On March 31, 2016, the trustees of the American Academy in Berlin appointed Brown University professor Michael P. Steinberg as the Academy’s next president. He begins his tenure today, August 15. Steinberg succeeds Gerhard Casper, former President of Stanford University, who led the Academy on an interim basis, from July 2015 to July 2016.

Prior to his Academy appointment,...

Friday, July 08, 2016 | Special Event

American Academy in Berlin Receives $10 Million Gift from Trustee Nina von Maltzahn

Endowment for the Hans Arnhold Center

The American Academy in Berlin has received a $10 million gift from Nina von Maltzahn, a member of its Board of Trustees. The funds will go into an endowment to operate the Academy’s Hans Arnhold Center and to maintain its grounds.

The villa that today bears the name of distinguished banker Hans Arnhold was the family’s home from the mid-1920s to the late 1930s. Arnhold...

Wednesday, June 08, 2016 | Special Event

Ambassador Samantha Power Receives the 2016 Henry A. Kissinger Prize

The American Academy in Berlin awarded the 2016 Henry A. Kissinger Prize to the US Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Samantha Power, on June 8, 2016. Both Ambassador Power and former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger were at the award ceremony, attended by 350 invited guests. The laudation was delivered by Christoph Heusgen, the Foreign Policy and...

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 | Foreign Policy

Stephen D. Krasner: State-Building, Outside-In

American Academy Foreign Policy Forum

The policy of Western industrialized wealthy democracies toward failed and badly governed states has vacillated between transforming these countries into consolidated democracies -- or at least putting them on the road to Denmark -- and doing nothing. The West needs to define a realistic set of objectives says Stephen D....

Monday, May 23, 2016 | Social Sciences

The Role of Women: A Discussion with Marilyn Yalom and Brenda Stevenson

Beyond the Lecture

On the occasion of her visit to the American Academy in Berlin, Stanford University historian Marilyn Yalom sat down with Academy fellow Brenda Stevenson, a historian at UCLA. Their topic was one of shared interest: women. From Abigail Adams to Hillary Clinton, Yalom and Stevenson discuss the historical role of women...

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 | Obituary

Remembering Fritz Stern (1926-2016)

The American Academy in Berlin mourns the death of distinguished historian and Professor Emeritus at Columbia University Fritz Stern, who died on May 18, 2016, at age 90, in New York City.

Stern was a founding trustee of the American Academy, which named its annual Fritz Stern Lecture in honor of his scholarly legacy and intellectual interests. The board, management, and staff of the...