The Solid Light Works and Other Projects
The Solid-Light Work...

In his lecture, Anthony McCall discusses the evolution of his solid-light works in the 1970s, the appearance of vertical installations, as well as horozontal installations from 2004 onwards. Most recently, he has been developing proposals for large-scale projects outisde the museum.

The Genealogy of a Gene
The Genealogy of a G...

In this lecture, Myles Jackson explains how he has used the CCR5 gene as a heuristic tool to probe three critical developments in biotechnology from 1990 to 2010: gene patenting, HIV/AIDS diagnostics and therapeutics, and race and genomics. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, Jackson ties together intellectual property, the sociology of race, and molecular biology by showing how certain patent regimes have rewarded different forms of intellectual property. The decision to patent genes was not inevitable, Jackson argues, nor "natural."

China and the West
China and the West:...

How should the West manage its increasingly complex relationships—economic, political, and diplomatic—with China? This is the central question that will be addressed in this timely discussion between leading American China-specialist David Shambaugh and former German ambassador to China Michael Schaefer, moderated by Eberhard Sandschneider, from the German Council on Foreign Relations. Shambaugh claims that America and Europe’s relations with China share commonalities that transatlantic partners should pursue in tandem, while in other areas they should compete. Taken together, is there a common set of priorities that Washington and the EU should pursue in common vis-à-vis Beijing? Do the US and EU have a “grand strategy” that guides their varied approaches to China? What are Beijing’s priorities in dealing with the US and Europe?

Toward A Quantitative History of Data
Toward a Quantitativ...

We live in a time of data. Around us, tools for creating, storing, communicating, and manipulating data grow ever more sophisticated and ubiquitous. Data flows constantly among our computers, handheld devices, cell phones, and an entire “internet of things” from refrigerators to burglar alarms. Yet, the cultural and intellectual frameworks that underlie our present data-saturated condition are old, and their histories illuminate important aspects of the present. In this lecture, Daniel Rosenberg explores the long history of data, stretching back to the seventeenth century, emphasizing its foundations in early modernity. By tracing the historical concept of “data,” Rosenberg examines implications of new data-driven approaches in the humanities, and argues that even our contemporary self-understanding is mediated by data-analytic techniques.

The 2014 Henry A. Kissinger Prize
The 2014 Henry A. Ki...

On the evening of October 7, 2014, the American Academy in Berlin awarded the 2014 Henry A. Kissinger Prize to James A. Baker, III, the United States Secretary of State from 1989-1992 and US Secretary of the Treasury from 1985-1988. The award is given in recognition of Secretary Baker’s outstanding contributions towards German reunification and the peaceful resolution of the Cold War, and in particular for his role in international negotiations following the fall of the Berlin Wall. Introduced by founding Academy trustee Josef Joffe, speakers at the 2014 Kissinger Prize for Secretary Baker, in order, were: A. Michael Hoffman, Chairman and President of the American Academy; Wolfgang Schäuble, German Minister of Finance; Hans-Dietrich Genscher, former German Foreign Minister; Henry A. Kissinger, former US Secretary of State and founding Co-Chairman of the American Academy in Berlin; a video message by current US Secretary of State John Kerry; and following the prize bestowal, by Academy Vice Chair Gahl Burt and Executive Director Gary Smith, prize recipient James A. Baker, III, US Secretary of State from 1989-1992. A discussion between James Baker and Henry Kissinger was then moderated by Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference. The evening was bookended by two pieces of music by Curtis On Tour, of the Curtis Institute of Music.

The 2014 Henry A. Kissinger Prize was attended by an audience of many distinguished guests, including former German president Horst Köhler, Interior Minister Thomas Thomas de Maizière, former Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, a number of German parliamentary members, kindred transatlantic organizations, members of the German press, business, and academia, the foreign policy community, and the Academy’s trustees, benefactors, and friends. The evening was underwritten by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Honorable and Mrs. Hushang Ansary, the Honorable Edward P. and Mrs. Francois Djerejian, Robert Bosch GmbH, Goldman Sachs and Company, the Honorable John F. W. Rogers, Unternehmensgruppe Tengelmann, Helga and Erivan Haub, Nina von Maltzah, Porsche, and the Hotel Adlon.