Sixty-five journalists were killed on the job in 2007 – 32 of them in Iraq alone. Since 2003, 125 journalists have been killed worldwide. And in Russia, 14 journalists have been killed since Vladimir Putin took office in 2000. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Russia is the third deadliest country in the world for journalists.
On February 4, the Academy’s...
Mitch Epstein – a Guna S. Mundheim Fellow at the American Academy – recounts when he was taking photographs for his latest project, American Power, at the Amos Coal Power Plant, in Raymond, West Virginia. He was stopped by a female sheriff. She wore a red halter-top with pressed black pants and carried a double shoulder-holster and a sling of bullets. She was calling the shots. Soon afterward...read more >>
The American music critic and Academy Distinguished Visitor John Rockwell first came to Berlin as a five-year old. It was 1948, and his father, a Washington lawyer, had an important role in rebuilding the postwar German legal system and setting up the Nuremberg trials. Rockwell returned to Berlin in 1958, again in 1960, and again in 1968 for doctoral research on the Kroll opera house. He has...read more >>
Lichtenberg, a business professor at Columbia and research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, has spent the past several years studying the effects of technological progress on health. He says the biomedical innovation, fueled by new technology, leads to the discovery of more effective compounds in the fight against disease, and the consequent prolonging of healthy lives....read more >>
Art historian Sidra Stich is full of enthusiasm for the possibility of an invigorated public reception of contemporary art. The Fall 2007 Coca-Cola Fellow addressed how this has been done successfully in the north Italian city of Turin. Home to Fiat and Martini, located in a picturesque landscape that nestles between the River Po and the Alps, Turin has done a spectacular job, Stich claims,...read more >>
How do we significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions in a realistic way? And more specifically, how can the developed world slow the projected rate of carbon dioxide emissions without harming its economic health? These questions concern Jason Scott Johnston, this fall’s Bosch Public Policy Fellow at the Academy and the director of the Program on Law and Environment at the University...read more >>
Forty-seven million people in America do not have health insurance. “This is the shame of our nation,” says Stephen Kellen Distinguished Visitor Jessie Gruman, the president of the Washington, DC-based Center for the Advancement of Health. The idea of choice is at the heart of how we conceive of democracy: people make choices; they are rational actors. And voting – along with the market –...read more >>
The world must jointly account for the security of Israel and against an Iran with nuclear weapons. These points were emphasized by Dr. Angela Merkel in her speech about the transatlantic relationship, delivered at the American Academy in Berlin on November 19, 2007. Building on the achievements of the Marshall Plan, she honored the historically close transatlantic...read more >>
When Picasso and Giacometti looked southward for a new impulse to bring to European modernism, they received the laurels for their creative accomplishments. The traditional African artists who influenced them, however, remain anonymous, caught up in the “primitivist paradigm” – the myth that African art exists outside of time, unadulterated by contact with the outside world. Art historian...read more >>