What Can Mandaean Geographies Tell Us?
From Jerusalem to th...

The origins of the Mandæans as a distinct religious community and their early history remain shrouded in myth and legend. The primary source for the early history of the Mandæans is the Scroll of Inner Harran, a collection of legends that detail their settlement in a territory identified as “Inner Harran” (Haran Gauaita), sometime during the first century CE. In this lecture, Charles Häberl examines the potential geographical locations of “Inner Harran” and evaluates them in light of existing sources on the oral and written geographies of the region.

The Close-Up: Cinematic Scale and the Negotiation of Space
The Close-Up: Cinema...

In this lecture, Mary Ann Doane examines the concept of scale and its increasing centrality to analysis of the work of the image in contemporary culture. Scale is a concept that crosses disciplines; it is a crucial construct in geography, art history, cartography, and music, among other practices and disciplines. Space and its representation have been central to the cinema, too, but the investigation of its ramifications in relation to spectatorship require further examination—of both intra-cinematic scale and, more broadly, the extra-cinematic scale of the national and the global, and its function in commodity capitalism.

Fellow Spotlight: Timothy Brown
Fellow Spotlight: Ti...

Professor of History at Northeastern University Timothy Brown, a Bosch Public Policy Fellow at the Academy in fall 2016, focuses on twentieth-century German and transatlantic political and cultural history, radical mass movements and the revolts of 1968, popular music and youth subcultures, and environmental politics. He is the author of Sixties Europe (Cambridge, forthcoming 2017), West Germany and the Global Sixties: The Anti-Authoritarian Revolt, 1962-1978 (Cambridge, 2013), and Weimar Radicals: Nazis and Communists between Authenticity and Performance (Berghahn, 2009), as well as two co-edited volumes. At the Academy, Brown is working on his newest project, “The Greening of Cold War Germany: Environmentalism and Social Movements across the Wall and Beyond, 1968-1989.”

Joseph Stiglitz: The Euro
The Euro: How a Comm...

In this lecture, Nobel-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz offers insights and arguments from his latest book, The Euro: How a Common Currency Threatens the Future of Europe (Norton, 2016; German release as Europa spart sich kaputt, published by Siedler in September 2016). Although the euro was hailed by its architects as a lever that would bring Europe together and promote prosperity, it has actually, Stiglitz argues, done the opposite: promoted divergence rather than convergence. Europe’s economic stagnation and drab outlook are a result of the fundamental challenges facing a diverse group of countries that share a common currency, where economic unification has outpaced political integration. Stiglitz outlines three possible ways forward: fundamental reforms to the structure of the Eurozone and the policies imposed on member countries; a well-managed end to the single-currency experiment; or a bold, new system dubbed the “flexible euro.”

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Fellow Spotlight: Michael Watts
Fellow Spotlight: Mi...

Michael Watts is Class of 1963 Professor of Geography and Development Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. For ten years, he served as director of the Institute of International Studies, which promotes cross-disciplinary research and training on global issues. He established the Berkeley Working Group on Environmental Politics and directed the Africa Studies Center and Rotary Peace Fellows program. He has worked with development organizations and philanthropic institutions such as the UN Development Programme, Ford Foundation, OXFAM, and small NGOs, most recently, Environmental Rights Action in Nigeria. Watts is the Siemens Fellow at the Academy in fall 2016.