Features

Monday, July 06, 2015 | Politics

Why Do Authoritarian Regimes Cling So Persistently to Power?

The Richard C. Holbrooke Forum Summer Workshop

Martin Dimitrov, a spring 2012 Academy alumnus and chair of the Richard C. Holbrooke Forum's summer 2015 workshop, Authoritarianism in a Global Context, is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director...

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015 | Leadership

Welcoming Gerhard Casper

New Presidential Leadership on the Wannsee

The American Academy welcomes Professor Gerhard Casper, who begins his work as the Academy’s president on July 1, 2015.

Professor Casper, a former president of Stanford University, was born in Hamburg, Germany. He studied law at the Universities of Hamburg and Freiburg and at Yale Law School and immigrated to the US to take up a faculty appointment at the University of California...

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Thursday, June 18, 2015 | Special Event

Gerhard Casper's Remarks at the Kissinger Prize Ceremony

A Special Laudation for the 2015 Honorees

Professor Gerhard Casper is the incoming President of the American Academy in Berlin and the former President of Stanford University. The following is his introduction to the 2015 Henry Kissinger Prize, honoring former Italian President Giorgio Napolitano and former German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher:

"Presidents, Ministers, Excellencies,
Dear Friends and...

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Thursday, June 18, 2015 | Special Event

The Henry A. Kissinger Prize

Honoring Giorgio Napolitano and Hans-Dietrich Genscher

This year’s Henry A. Kissinger Prize was awarded on the evening of June 17 to former Italian President Giorgio Napolitano and to former German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher for their contributions to healing the wounds of World War II, bringing Europe closer together and tightening the transatlantic bond.

Austrian President Heinz Fischer, Italian Foreign Affairs Minister...

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Thursday, June 11, 2015 |

The Berlin Prize Recipients

Presenting the 2015-2016 Class of Fellows

The American Academy in Berlin has awarded Berlin Prizes – semester-long fellowships in Berlin – to twenty-one artists, historians, literary scholars, and writers for fall 2015 and spring 2016. In addition, the American Academy's independent music and art juries also awarded fellowships for 2016 and 2017.

The American Academy’s Acting Chairman Gahl Hodges Burt...

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Thursday, June 04, 2015 | Economics

Reflections on a Progressive Economic Policy

An American view

“It is no small thing that doubts about the sustainability of the euro area have been quelled,” said Lawrence H. Summers in delivering the Kurt Viermetz Lecture at the American Academy on the evening of May 28. He also noted that the risk of bank runs has almost completely subsided.

Beyond that,...

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Thursday, May 28, 2015 | Economics

Whither the World Economy?

The promises and perils of monetary policy

It was exactly six years ago, in May 2009, that the US government announced the results of the stress tests that helped restore confidence in the post-crisis US banking system and charted the course toward economic recovery. But we still haven’t arrived. Why not? That was the question that former Bank of England Governor...

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015 | Social Sciences

Slavery, Property, and the US Constitution

Reconsidering the origins of anti-slavery politics

“There was nothing inevitable about the demise of slavery,” believes Sean Wilentz, Siemens Fellow at the American Academy. After all, he notes, it was crucial to the cotton trade in Colonial America and had been an accepted institution for millennia.

Wilentz, who is a professor of American history at...

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015 | Arts and Culture

Towards a Comparison of the 'City Texts' of Vilnius and Tallinn

Two cities in their literary context

What makes a city? For Tomas Venclova, Axel Springer Fellow at the American Academy and a prominent voice of twentieth century literature, “city texts” are a significant part of a metropolis’ identity -- the totality of both verbal and non-verbal creative works related to a particular city.

From...

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015 |

Thank You for Being Late

Pausing to Reflect on the Twenty-First Century

“You can dance in a hurricane, but only if you are standing in the eye.” The lyric comes from a song by Brandi Carlile, and it is one that Thomas L. Friedman, in the Stephen M. Kellen Lecture he delivered at the American Academy in Berlin on April 22, cited as a key to understanding his approach to the world....

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