Wednesday, October 29, 2014 | Humanities

Melvin J. Lasky’s War Diary: Und alles war still: Deutsches Tagebuch 1945

An evening to remember him

The living room of the Academy was alive on the evening of Monday, October 27, with many friends and family members of the late Melvin J. Lasky, the American public intellectual and editor, who died in June 2004, at the age of 84. They joined Academy guests for a book presentation of Und alles war still: Deutsches Tagebuch 1945, written by the young Lasky, when he was military...

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...

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 | Arts and Culture

Camilo José Vergara: Tracking Time

The street photographer who always returned

Camilo José Vergara, the Chilean-born American documentary photographer and writer, began his career snapping pictures of playing children, street vendors, abandoned cars, and religious meetings. On October 13, Vergara, who was a fellow at the American Academy in spring 2010, returned to the Academy to speak about...

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 | Economics

A Conversation on Evolving Regulatory & Governance Developments

A former head of the SEC discusses the work that still needs to be done

On the evening of October 6, 2014, Mary L. Schapiro, a fall 2014 Allianz Distinguished Visitor at the American Academy in Berlin, delivered an enlightening talk at the Allianz Forum, in conversation with Andreas Kluth, Berlin Bureau Chief and German Correspondent for The Economist.

Schapiro, the 29th Chairperson of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), a...

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...

Sunday, October 05, 2014 | Foreign Policy

Interdependence and Responsibility

A former Secretary General of NATO and EU High Representative on the future of global responsibility

On the evening of October 2, 2014, Javier Solana, Richard von Weizsäcker Distinguished Visitor 2014 at the American Academy in Berlin, delivered a lecture on the question of responsibility in an interdependent world. Looking back on a his deep experience in foreign and security policy, which includes mandates as European Union High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy (1999-2009), as...

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...