As part of the American Academy's public program, each week we offer public lectures, concerts, screenings, or readings by Academy fellows, distinguished visitors, and special guests. Most evening lectures take place at the Hans Arnhold Center, but the Academy also partners with a handful of institutions in Berlin for special events, including Radialsytem V, JFK Institut, Kino Babylon, Hertie School of Governance, European School of Management and Technology (ESMT), and Allianz Forum.

If you would like to attend an event, please register online, or send an email to Seating is limited, so please register well in advance of the lecture or event you would like to attend. We look forward to welcoming you at the Hans Arnhold Center.


Next Event

Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 08:00 pm | Special Event

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu – And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts

In the 1980s, a young adventurer and collector for a government library, Abdel Kader Haidara, journeyed across the Sahara Desert and along the Niger River, tracking down and salvaging tens of thousands of ancient Islamic and secular manuscripts that had fallen into obscurity. The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu, by Berlin-based veteran foreign correspondent Joshua Hammer, tells the incredible story of how a mild-mannered archivist and historian from the legendary city of Timbuktu became one of the world’s greatest and most brazen smugglers.

Moderated by R. Jay Magill, Author; and Editor, Berlin Journal, American Academy in Berlin.

Location: English Theatre Berlin, Fidicinstrasse 40, 10965 Berlin

Tickets (€ 8): School groups may register with for free admission.

In cooperation with the U.S. Embassy Berlin and the English Theatre Berlin, International Performing Arts Center.  

Watch Joshua Hammer discussing The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu on Simon & Schuster's website.