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 “the elements.” With special emphasis on sonic phenomena, she tests suppositions that we may be entering a moodless age. She discusses her interest in creating collaboratively constructed and conceived “mood rooms” as alternative performance and meeting places.
Nobel Prize-winning brain scientist Eric Kandel's Richard von Weizsäcker lecture focuses on figurative painting of Viennese modernism, circa 1900, and specifically on three artists—Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, and Egon Schiele. Kandel's interest in the period stems from his view that these artists attempted to get to "the truth lying beneath surface appearances of their subjects," an attempt paralleled and influenced by similar concerns with unconscious mental processes in contemporaneous scientific medicine and psychoanalysis. The cultural environment of Vienna in 1900 represents, Kandel argues, an ideal example of how artistic, psychological and scientific insights can enrich one another, and may be a model for today.
The 2015 Henry A. Kissinger Prize was awarded on June 17 to former Italian President Giorgio Napolitano and former German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher for their contributions to strengthening the transatlantic relationship. Laudations were delivered by Italian Constitutional Court Justice Giuliano Amato and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, with opening remarks by the Academy's president, Gerhard Casper, and former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
On the evening of March 26, Dirk Ippen Fellow Jeffrey Goldberg spoke about President Barack Obama’s policy in the Middle East and Europe, the focus of his most recent book project. A national correspondent for The Atlantic, Goldberg hopes his book will help explain the “diabolical complexities” of the Middle East.
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