Wednesday, June 08, 2016 | Special Event

Ambassador Samantha Power to Receive the 2016 Henry A. Kissinger Prize

The American Academy in Berlin will award the 2016 Henry A. Kissinger Prize to the US Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Samantha Power. Both Ambassador Power and former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger will attend the award ceremony at the Academy on June 8, 2016.

The prize, which is awarded annually to a renowned figure in the field of...

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 | Foreign Policy

Stephen D. Krasner: State-Building, Outside-In

American Academy Foreign Policy Forum

The policy of Western industrialized wealthy democracies toward failed and badly governed states has vacillated between transforming these countries into consolidated democracies -- or at least putting them on the road to Denmark -- and doing nothing. The West needs to define a realistic set of objectives says Stephen D....

Monday, May 23, 2016 | Social Sciences

The Role of Women: A Discussion with Marilyn Yalom and Brenda Stevenson

Beyond the Lecture

On the occasion of her visit to the American Academy in Berlin, Stanford University historian Marilyn Yalom sat down with Academy fellow Brenda Stevenson, a historian at UCLA. Their topic was one of shared interest: women. From Abigail Adams to Hillary Clinton, Yalom and Stevenson discuss the historical role of women...

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 | Obituary

Remembering Fritz Stern (1926-2016)

The American Academy in Berlin mourns the death of distinguished historian and Professor Emeritus at Columbia University Fritz Stern, who died on May 18, 2016, at age 90, in New York City.

Stern was a founding trustee of the American Academy, which named its annual Fritz Stern Lecture in honor of his scholarly legacy and intellectual interests. The board, management, and staff of the...

Monday, May 16, 2016 | The Berlin Prize

Now Accepting Applications for the 2017/2018 Berlin Prize

The American Academy in Berlin is now accepting applications from emerging as well as established scholars, writers, and professionals who wish to engage in independent study in Berlin for one semester (September through December; January to May), in some cases for the entire academic year. The deadline for applications is September 30, 2016, at 12 noon EST.



Thursday, May 12, 2016 | Technology

The Future of Work: Steven Hill on the "Uber Economy"

Holtzbrinck Lecture

In the United States, the sharing economy is accelerating toward a “freelance society,” explains journalist and Holtzbrinck Fellow Steven Hill, wherein tens of millions of workers will find themselves with no regular jobs or steady work, lower pay, and a weaker safety net. Hill asked in his May 10 lecture, "...

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 | The Berlin Prize

Announcing the 2016-2017 Class of Berlin Prize Fellows

Twenty-three Scholars, Writers, and Artists Chosen for a Semester in Berlin

The American Academy in Berlin has awarded Berlin Prizes—semester-long fellowships in Berlin—to 23 scholars, writers, and artists for fall 2016 and spring 2017. Academy president Gerhard Casper said: “We look forward to welcoming another group of outstanding fellows to the Academy. By working with their peers and partner institutions in Berlin and presenting their projects to...

Wednesday, May 04, 2016 | Humanities

Alumni Publications, Spring 2016

New and Noteworthy Books from Former Academy Fellows

The below is a selection of just-published or forthcoming books by Academy alumni:


Andrew J. Bacevich
America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History
Random House, April 2016


Monday, May 02, 2016 | Politics

Beyond the Lecture: Brenda E. Stevenson

American Academy in Berlin Podcast

Twenty-four years ago, the deadliest race riots in modern United States history were raging in Los Angeles. Listen to fellow Brenda E. Stevenson's perspective on why the violence erupted and how the American criminal justice system must still be improved to make all citizens truly equal under the law. Hear more from...

Sunday, May 01, 2016 | Humanities

Fellow Spotlight: Brenda E. Stevenson

Axel Springer Fellow

Brenda E. Stevenson is an expert on race and gender, US race riots, and southern and African-American family during the colonial and antebellum eras. Stevenson’s Academy project is a study of enslaved women and the institution of US slavery from the early colonial era through the Antebellum period. She begins with...