A Rage for Order: The Middle East in Turmoil
A Rage for Order: T...

Contributing New York Times Magazine writer Robert F. Worth's book A Rage for Order brings the history of the present to life through vivid stories and portraits of people involved in the Arab Spring, among them a Libyan rebel who must decide whether to kill the Qaddafi-regime torturer who murdered his brother; a Yemeni farmer who lives in servitude to a dungeon-operating, poetry-writing chieftain; and an Egyptian doctor who is caught between his loyalty to the Muslim Brotherhood and his hopes for a new, tolerant democracy. A Rage for Order combines dramatic storytelling with an original analysis of the Arab world today, capturing its psychic tensions and civil unrest. This lecture was generously supported by Daimler-Fonds.

Performing Scholasticism: Ars Disputandi and the Medieval Public Sphere
Performing Scholasti...

Alex Novikoff breathes new life into the world of scholastic discourse and argues that the world of university debates is a good deal more live and entertaining than has been assumed. Focusing on the medieval practice of disputatio (debate), he looks both inside and beyond the ivory tower and argues that what at first glance might seem like useless hairsplitting is, in fact, part and parcel of a much broader culture of argumentation, one that both depends on and in turn influences a public and participatory sphere of knowledge exchange. Employing the methodologies of performance studies and intellectual history, Novikoff offers a new perspective on the world of medieval scholasticism and urges us to think creatively and interdisciplinarily about the social life of ideas -- both medieval and modern.

The Greening of Cold War Germany
The Greening of Cold...

In this lecture, Timothy Scott Brown will examine the rise of environmental social movements in the two halves of divided Germany, from the upheaval of 1968 through the fall of the Berlin Wall and its aftermath. Situating the development of Green politics in East and West Germany in transnational and global context, the talk will chart the rise of a new politics drawing on scientific and spiritual perspectives, following out of, and transforming, the political impulse of 1968.

1. Title Page—BStU
2. Photo: Rainer Langhans/Ostkreuz
3. Photo: International Times Archive
4. Photo: Landesarchiv Berlin.
5. Photo: Landesarchiv Berlin.
6. Archiv des Hamburger Instituts für Sozialforschung.
7. Various images. Archiv des Hamburger Instituts für Sozialforschung.
8. Rote Garde. Schwarze Protokolle. Carlo Sponti. Archiv des Hamburger Instituts für Sozialforschung.
9. Rote Garde. Archiv des Hamburger Instituts für Sozialforschung.
10. Schwarze Protokolle. Archiv des Hamburger Instituts für Sozialforschung.
11. Rote Garde. Schwarze Protokolle. Carlo Sponti. Archiv des Hamburger Instituts für Sozialforschung.
12. Photo: Klaus Mehner.
13. Photo: Robert Havemann Gesellschaft.
14. Photo: Robert Havemann Gesellschaft.
15. Photo: Robert Havemann Gesellschaft.
16. Photo: Ostkreuz.
17. Wolfgang Rüddenklau.
18. Photo: Robert Havemann Gesellschaft.
19. Photo: Robert Havemann Gesellschaft.
20. Photo: Robert Havemann Gesellschaft.
21. Photo: BStU
22. Photo: Archiv grünes Gedächtnis.
23. Atomkraft Nein Danke.
24. Petra Kelly. Archiv grünes Gedächtnis.
25. Wilhelm Knabe
26. Rudolph Bahro
27. Photo: BStU
28. Photo: BStU
29. Photo: BStU
30. Earthrise. William Anders/NASA.
31. Ecotopia.
32. Ecotopia.
33. Bärbel Bohley. Archiv grünes Gedächtnis.


The Morning They Came for Us: Dispatches from Syria
The Morning They Cam...

In May of 2012, Janine di Giovanni, the Middle East editor of Newsweek, travelled to Syria, beginning what would become a long relationship with the country. She started reporting from both sides of the Syrian conflict, witnessing its descent into one of the most brutal internecine conflicts in recent history. In her new book, The Morning They Came for Us, she relays the personal stories of rebel fighters thrown in jail at the least provocation; of children and families forced to watch loved ones taken and killed by regime forces with dubious justifications; and the stories of the elite, holding pool parties in Damascus hotels, trying to deny the human consequences of the nearby shelling. The Morning They Came for Us is an unflinching account of a nation on the brink of disintegration.

In cooperation with S. Fischer Verlage

Fellow Spotlight: Ioana Uricaru
Fellow Spotlight: Io...

Ioana Uricaru is a director, screenwriter, and assistant professor of film and media culture at Middlebury College. “Paperclip,” Uricaru’s fiction film project at the Academy, is inspired by real events: the American intelligence project Operation Paperclip. At the end of World War II, the OSS recruited German scientists and brought them to the United States. Wernher von Braun, the inventor of the V2 rocket, was perhaps the most infamous example. The story follows OSS officer Rutherford, tasked with assessing the value of German physiologist Hubertus von Gellert for the American military and deciding whether he and his wife, Helga, should be relocated to the US. Against this backdrop, Uricaru places a fictional character, comprised of elements blended from several real-life beneficiaries of Project Paperclip, to explore questions of ethics, historical representation, and the relationship of science with politics and society—as well as the aesthetics of lived experience.