Ein Leben Für die Universität - von Hamburg nach Stanford
Ein Leben Für die Un...

Gerhard Casper, der Präsident der American Academy in Berlin, sprach am 21. Februar 2016 auf Einladung der Klassik Stiftung Weimar über sein Leben im Kontext der Universitätsidee Wilhelm von Humboldts, die Caspers Biographie maßgeblich geformt hat. Stanford University, deren Präsident Casper viele Jahre war, steht in der Humboldt’schen Tradition und ist zugleich eine der innovativsten Hochschulen der Welt. Die einleitenden Worte sprach der Präsident der Klassik Stiftung Weimar, Hellmut Th. Seemann. Weitere Informationen finden Sie in der Broschüre und unter

Alvin E. Roth: Who Gets What and Why?
Who Gets What and Wh...

In this lecture, economist Alvin E. Roth illuminates the everyday world of matching markets in organ donation, public school choice programs, college admissions, and online dating. Unlike commodity and equity markets, where price alone determines allocation, in matching markets one is not free to choose but rather must also be chosen. The “market design” school, of which Roth is a pioneer, aims to remedy matching markets that are not “thick” enough (lacking sufficient participants) or suffer from “congestion” (an overwhelming range of options). He notes, for example, that over 100,000 people in the US are waiting for kidney transplants, yet only 11,000 non-directed kidneys become available each year. As a solution, using market-design principles Roth helped to design the New England Program for Kidney Exchange. Through this and other examples, Roth’s lecture explores the complicated dynamics involved in matching markets.

Moderated by Christoph von Marschall, Managing Editor, Der Tagesspiegel

In cooperation with Siedler Verlag and the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT) and Siedler Verlag.

American Experimental Music and Its Role in Germany, 1950-Present
David Behrman: Ameri...

Composer and sound artist David Behrman will discuss the relationships between experimental American composer-performers and the West German producers and artists who vigorously supported their work from the 1950s until Reunification. He will also trace changes in the views of what new music should be during the course of those four decades, how horizons expanded, and how seminal figures John Cage, Hans Otte, Walter Bachauer, and others broadened the scope of German and American musical life.

Fellow Spotlight: Hari Kunzru
Fellow Spotlight: Ha...

Hari Kunzru is the author of the novels The Impressionist (2002), Transmission (2004), My Revolutions (2007), and Gods without Men (2011), as well as the short story collection Noise (2006) and the novella Memory Palace (2013). At the Academy, Kunzru is working on his book The Lyric “I.” Prompted by contemporary concerns about privacy, surveillance, data mining, and credit-card fraud, the book fuses memoir, research, essay, and fiction to explore the risks of intruding into a once-protected realm.

Fellow Spotlight: Sophia Roosth
Fellow Spotlight: So...

Sophia Roosth is Associate Professor in Harvard University’s Department of the History of Science. In her Academy project, “The Quick and the Dead,” she asks: At what pace must life proceed in order to count as life? How do qualities such as speed, slowness, time, and temperature actually shape the ways in which we think about life as form, pattern, or process? What is the place of latency in the life sciences and allied disciplines? Roosth interrogates these questions by attending to a variety of scientific communities, among them geobiologists, micropaleontologists, polar scientists, and resurrection scientists.