Monday, January 16, 2017 | Special Event

Farewell Address of Ambassador John B. Emerson

The US Embassy and the American Academy in Berlin

On the evening of Monday, January 9, the American Academy in Berlin hosted a farewell dinner in honor of outgoing United States ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, the Honorable John B. Emerson, and his wife, Mrs. Kimberly Marteau Emerson, and their daughters. The dinner was attended by a number of Academy trustees, US Embassy staff, and distinguished guests committed to strong...

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 | Media

The Winter 2017 "Berlin Journal" on NPR Berlin

Interviews with Academy fellows and visitors

On January 6 and 9 NPR Berlin aired the American Academy in Berlin's twice-yearly radio show, "Berlin Journal." Joining hosts R. Jay Magill and Ashley Bamford were fall 2016 fellows Tom Franklin, Rebecca Boehling,...

Thursday, December 15, 2016 | Social Sciences

The Populist Turn in American Politics

Kurt Viermetz Lecture

Populism is not a new phenomenon in the United States. In his December 12 lecture, economist Barry Eichengreen reviewed a century and more of economic populism in America and place the historic November 2016 election of Donald Trump as President of the United States in that historical context. He also analyzed how...

Friday, December 02, 2016 | Economics

Beyond the Lecture: Joseph Stiglitz

The future of the euro, free trade, and American economic policy

On this edition of the American Academy in Berlin's “Beyond the Lecture” series, Nobel-laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz discussed his most recent book, The Euro: How a Common Currency Threatens the Future of Europe. It was published this fall in Germany by Siedler Verlag, as Europa Spart Sich Kaputt. We spoke with Stiglitz about the future of the euro, free...

Thursday, December 01, 2016 | Arts and Culture

Fellow Spotlight: Ioana Uricaru

Dirk Ippen Lecture

Ioana Uricaru is a director, screenwriter, and Assistant Professor of Film and Media Culture at Middlebury College. “Paperclip,” Uricaru’s fiction film project at the Academy, is inspired by real events: the American intelligence project Operation Paperclip. At the end of World War II, the OSS recruited...

Thursday, December 01, 2016 | Humanities

Transitional Justice? Western Allied Approaches to Denazification

Berthold Leibinger Lecture

In her November 29 lecture, historian Rebecca Boehling examined divergent Western Allies' theories behind denazification and how they implemented their policies once on the ground. How, she asked, did denazification develop from the intent to come to terms with, if not confront, the past, and to attempt a level of...

Monday, November 28, 2016 | Obituary

Remembering Kurt Viermetz (1939-2016)

The American Academy in Berlin mourns the death of founding trustee Kurt Viermetz, who passed away in Augsburg on Friday, November 25, 2016. The Academy’s leadership offers sincere condolences to Viermetz’s family and friends—and remembers his inimitable contribution to the American Academy in Berlin:

Chairman Gahl Burt:

“It is with...

Monday, November 28, 2016 | Humanities

Per Capitularios Nostros: Law and Its Uses in the Frankish Kingdoms

John P. Birkelund Lecture

There are more than two hundred surviving manuscripts of Frankish capitularies—royal laws divided into chapters. Though they were produced by kings and courts, they were mostly copied by local authorities who decided to use them for their own purposes. Jennifer Davis's lecture, the title of which is eponymous with her...

Thursday, November 24, 2016 | Humanities

Fellow Spotlight: Rebecca Boehling

The complexities of postwar denazification

Rebecca Boehling, the Academy's Berthold Leibinger Fellow in fall 2016, is a professor of history and an affiliate professor of Judaic studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she was the founding director of the Dresher Center for the Humanities. From 2013 to 2015 she directed the International...

Monday, November 21, 2016 | Arts and Culture

Fall 2016 Fellows in the Berlin Journal

From the legacy of Frankish law to delivering pizza

The fall 2016 Berlin Journal features several thought-provoking articles and stories by fall 2016 Academy fellows: Esra Akcan on 1980s Kreuzberg archictecture; Timothy Brown on West German...