Wednesday, October 15, 2014 | Humanities

Toward a Quantitative History of Data

How the concept of data emerged in the West

On the evening of October 14, Axel Springer fellow Daniel Rosenberg presented his book-in-progress Toward A Quantitative History of Data. In it he traces the emergence and development of the concept of data in the West from the 1600s until today. In his introductory remarks, Dean of Fellows Wolf Schäfer...

Thursday, October 09, 2014 | Special Event

Happy Birthday, American Academy in Berlin!

Celebrating twenty years of cultivating relationships across the Atlantic

One hundred and ninety guests gathered at the Hans Arnhold Center on the evening of October 8 for the twentieth-anniversary celebration of the American Academy in Berlin. Joining the Academy’s trustees and management were longstanding friends, benefactors, journalists, colleagues, and former staff members for a night of inspired addresses, toasts, and entertainment, including a majestic...

Tuesday, October 07, 2014 | Leadership

The 2014 Henry A. Kissinger Prize

The American Academy in Berlin honors James A. Baker, III

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,...

Monday, October 06, 2014 | Special Event

German President Joachim Gauck Receives the American Academy at Schloß Bellevue

"Die transatlantische Partnerschaft ist keine Laune der Weltgeschichte. Sie hat feste und tiefe Wurzeln."

German president Joachim Gauck received the American Academy in Berlin at Schloß Bellevue on the afternoon of October 7 for a reception in honor of the Academy's twentieth anniversary. "There are many transatlantic connections," President Gauck said. "However, in this transatlantic net of relations there is one organization, here in Berlin, which plays an especially important...

Thursday, October 02, 2014 | Special Event

The Twentieth Anniversary Supplement in Der Tagesspiegel

Twelve pages of photocollage and text from the Academy's first two decades

September 9 marked the twentieth anniversary of the American Academy in Berlin. On that date, in 1994, just after the last of the American brigade left the once-divided city, Vice President Al Gore presented Ambassador Richard Holbrooke’s vision of a new institution that would broaden the German-American relationship and prepare it for the post-Cold War world. It was to be a privately...

Sunday, September 28, 2014 | Arts and Culture


What happens when you're a child actor surrounded by adults?

On the evening of September 25, Adam Ross, the Mary Ellen von der Heyden Fellow at the Academy this fall, gave a captivating and dramatic reading of his novel in progress, Playworld. Joshua Cohen, an American short story writer and novelist in residence for the month, introduced Ross to an audience of fellow writers...

Sunday, September 21, 2014 | The Berlin Prize

Welcoming the Thirty-Third Class of Berlin Prize Fellows

From medieval manuscripts to the future of gene patenting

The American Academy welcomed its thirty-third class of fellows at the Hans Arnhold Center on September 18, 2014. The evening began with introductions by Academy Chairman A. Michael Hoffman and Executive Director Gary Smith. Hoffman welcomed not only the fellows but also Academy’s new Dean of Fellows, Wolf Schäfer, who was himself a new fellow just a year ago, in fall 2013.


Monday, September 15, 2014 | Economics

The Zero Marginal Cost Society

The Internet of Things, the collaborative commons, and the end of capitalism

Distinguished visitor Jeremy Rifkin opened his lecture at the Allianz Forum by predicting nothing less than the end of capitalism as we know it. The famed social theorist and futurist believes that as a new sharing economy begins to flourish, the entire capitalist system is being forced to undergo a deep-rooted transformation in order to accommodate a new global trend he calls "the...

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 | Foreign Policy

Rising China and the Dangerous Beginning of a Post-American World

Assessing the behavior of China and the West at the crossroads

“The old world is dying. The new world has not yet emerged. And in the twilight rises up a monster.” – Antonio Gramsci

With this portentous quotation, Airbus Distinguished Visitor Jamie Metzl, a senior fellow at the Asia Society and a principal at the private equity firm Cranemere, Inc., delivered an engaging perspective on the rise of China and its effects...

Sunday, July 06, 2014 | Foreign Policy

The Spring 2014 "Berlin Journal" on NPR Berlin

The story of the creation of the Richard C. Holbrooke Forum for Diplomacy and Governance

The spring 2014 edition of the "Berlin Journal," which airs on NPR Berlin on July 5 and 7, covers the diplomatic trajectory of Richard C. Holbrooke, who founded the American Academy in Berlin in 1994, as outgoing US ambassador to Germany. Through the decades of his career, beginning in the 1970s, Holbrooke served in some of the most difficult posts and handled many of the most...