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.
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.
As chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Mary Schapiro presided over one of the busiest rule-making agendas in the SEC’s history. Under her leadership, the agency executed a comprehensive restructuring program to improve protections for investors. President Obama remarked that the SEC became stronger and the financial system “safer and better able to serve the American people — thanks in large part to Mary’s hard work.” In this lecture, Ms. Schapiro, an Allianz Distinguished Visitor this fall, discusses with Andreas Kluth, Germany correspondent for the Economist, the current state of financial market regulation, shifting market structures, and developments in corporate governance, including the increasingly important role of advisory boards in the oversight of financial institutions and regulators’ expectations with regards to risk governance at large banks.