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Monday, February 20, 2017 | Foreign Policy

Beyond the Lecture: Kati Marton

The American Academy in Berlin audiocast

At a time when Russia is alleged to have manipulated the recent US Presidential elections, Kati Marton returned to the American Academy to present her latest book, True Believer (Simon & Schuster, 2016), which reveals the life of Noel Field, an Ivy League-educated State Department employee, who was deeply rooted in the culture and history of the United States yet spied for Joseph Stalin....

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Friday, February 17, 2017 | Arts and Culture

Fellow Spotlight: Trenton Doyle Hancock

An art of remembrance and childhood

Texas-based artist Trenton Doyle Hancock’s intricate candy-colored prints, drawings, collaged-felt paintings, and site-specific installations work together to tell the story of the “Mounds”—bizarre mythical creatures that are the tragic protagonists of his unfolding narrative between good and...

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Thursday, February 16, 2017 | Humanities

Music and the Globalization of Culture

Ellen Maria Gorrissen Lecture

Culture was long defined by the artistic and intellectual creations of local communities. In this talk, historian Harry Liebersohn explores the globalization of culture as exemplified by music. He argues that technological innovations of the early twentieth century dramatically expanded music’s horizons by making...

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Monday, February 13, 2017 | Humanities

Fellow Spotlight: Harry Liebersohn

Exploring the globalization of music

Historian Harry Liebersohn explores the globalization of culture as exemplified by music. He argues that technological innovations of the early twentieth century dramatically expanded music’s horizons by making global developments accessible to both producers and consumers for the first time. Berlin-based scientists, scholars, musicians, and businessmen played no small part in this...

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Wednesday, February 08, 2017 | Social Sciences

Fellow Spotlight: Aili Marie Tripp

Women's rights in the Maghreb

Political scientist Aili Mari Tripp explores the reasons for some surprising developments in the area of women's rights in the Maghreb. For decades, it seemed that women’s rights in the Middle East and North Africa had fallen permanently behind other world regions. Today, the picture is rapidly changing, especially in the North African countries of Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia, known as...

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Thursday, February 02, 2017 | Social Sciences

Fellow Spotlight: Virág Molnár

Investigation the resurgence of illiberal Hungarian nationalism

Sociologist Virág Molnár explores the right-wing radicalization of Hungarian politics since the early 2000s, with the emergence of the Jobbik movement as the country’s third largest political force. In the resurgence of radical nationalism in Europe, Hungary is a critical case: the most liberal country of the former Eastern Bloc in the 1990s, today Hungary is the most right-wing populist...

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Thursday, February 02, 2017 | Humanities

Christian Existentialism and a Jewish Life: The Worlds of Erich Auerbach

John P. Birkelund Lecture

The German-Jewish literary scholar and critic Erich Auerbach (1892–1957) fled Nazi Germany in 1935, settling first in Turkey, then in the United States. Professor of comparative literature Jane O. Newman explores his readings of writers from St. Augustine through Montaigne to Virginia Woolf, setting his interpretations...

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Wednesday, February 01, 2017 | Arts and Culture

Mining the Unsound

Inga Maren Otto Fellow in Music Composition

New York-based sound and visual artist Thessia Machado offers an exploration of the emergence of sound in her artistic practice. In this lecture and demonstration, she discusses her research into the musical possibilities of humble sonic sources and discarded technologies—turntables, photocells, circuit boards,...

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Monday, January 30, 2017 | Humanities

Fellow Spotlight: Jane O. Newman

Retracing the worlds of Erich Auerbach

Jane O. Newman is Professor of Comparative Literature and European Languages and Studies at the University of California, Irvine. At the Academy, she is finishing her book on the German-Jewish scholar Erich Auerbach (1892-1957), titled “Auerbach’s Worlds.” Auerbach belonged to a generation of German-Jewish...

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Monday, January 30, 2017 | Special Event

True Believer: Stalin's Last American Spy

American Academy Reading

At a time when Russia is alleged to have manipulated the recent US Presidential elections, Kati Marton returned to the American Academy to present her latest book, an astonishing tale of past intervention by Moscow in the highest reaches of the US government. True Believer (Simon & Schuster, 2016) reveals the life of Noel Field, an Ivy League-educated State Department employee,...

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