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...

Thursday, April 28, 2016 | Arts and Culture

Building Bridges: Two Decades of Collecting Central European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at The Met

Marina Kellen French Lecture

The 50,000 objects in The Metropolitan Museum of Art's comprehensive collection of European sculpture and decorative arts reflect the development of various art forms in Western Europe from the early fifteenth through the early twentieth century. Marina Kellen French Curator Wolfram Koeppe's wide-ranging interests have...

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 | Humanities

The View from Water’s Edge: Red Sea Islands and Indian Ocean History

Nina Maria Gorrissen Fellow Lecture

Before the circumnavigation of Africa by the Portuguese, the corridor of the Red Sea had linked the Mediterranean with the Indian Ocean world, where many of the most coveted goods of international trade originated. The Dahlak Archipelago, in the southern Red Sea, provided a set of stepping stones for trading networks crisscrossing this transregional continuum; a market and a shipping service...

Thursday, April 14, 2016 | Arts and Culture

Hari Kunzru: The Lyric I

Mary Ellen von der Heyden Reading

Like many alert contemporaries, writer Hari Kunzru often finds himself worrying about privacy, worrying about surveillance, worrying about data mining and credit card fraud. He finds these worries reflected everywhere around him in the culture. But what precisely, he asks, is threatened when privacy is threatened? In this...

Thursday, April 14, 2016 |

Beyond the Lecture: Michèle Lowrie

The brothers Cicero and US politics

Although they lived in ancient Rome, the brothers Cicero have surprisingly timely things to say about how to win an election and run a country. Listen to Michèle Lowrie, current Dirk Ippen fellow and a professor of classics at the University of Chicago, apply past perspectives to the present US presidential campaign, in our latest "Beyond the Lecture" podcast (11 mins).


Tuesday, April 12, 2016 | Social Sciences

The Quick and the Dead: Life, Latency, and the Limits of the Biological

Anna-Maria Kellen Lecture

In her Academy lecture, “The Quick and the Dead,” Sophia Roosth asks: At what pace must life proceed in order to count as life? How do qualities such as speed, slowness, time, and temperature actually shape the ways in which we think about life as form, pattern, or process? What is the place of latency in the...

Wednesday, April 06, 2016 | Arts and Culture

Fellow Spotlight: Hari Kunzru

Mary Ellen von der Heyden Fellow in Fiction

Hari Kunzru is the author of the novels The Impressionist (2002), Transmission (2004), My Revolutions (2007), and Gods without Men (2011), as well as the short story collection Noise (2006) and the novella Memory Palace (2013). At the Academy, Kunzru is working on his book The...

Thursday, March 31, 2016 | Special Event

Announcing the New President of the American Academy in Berlin

New Leadership at the Hans Arnhold Center

(Berlin, March 31, 2016) – The Trustees of the American Academy in Berlin have appointed Professor Michael P. Steinberg as the Academy’s next president. Professor Steinberg, Vice Provost for the Arts and the Barnaby Conrad and Mary Critchfield Keeney Professor of History, and Professor of Music and German Studies at Brown University, will assume his duties on August 15, 2016. He...