Esra Akcan's September 22 lecture at the American Academy defined "openness" as a foundational modern value albeit prone to contradictions, and open architecture as the translation of the ethics of hospitality into architecture. She focuses on a single street corner in Berlin, at Checkpoint Charlie, where the stories...read more >>
In this lecture (click on the video box to the right to watch), polling expert Douglas Rivers, chief scientist at YouGov and professor of political science at Stanford University, discusses the 2016 US Presidential election campaign and the outpouring of anger across the political spectrum. In both the Democratic...read more >>
On the evening of Thursday, September 15, the American Academy welcomed its thirty-seventh class of fellows to the Hans Arnhold Center. The fall 2016 class, chosen by an independent selection committee, will explore an array of projects and topics—some, but by no means all, directly related to...read more >>
On March 31, 2016, the trustees of the American Academy in Berlin appointed Brown University professor Michael P. Steinberg as the Academy’s next president. He begins his tenure today, August 15. Steinberg succeeds Gerhard Casper, former President of Stanford University, who led the Academy on an interim basis, from July 2015 to July 2016.
Prior to his Academy appointment,...read more >>
The American Academy in Berlin has received a $10 million gift from Nina von Maltzahn, a member of its Board of Trustees. The funds will go into an endowment to operate the Academy’s Hans Arnhold Center and to maintain its grounds.
The villa that today bears the name of distinguished banker Hans Arnhold was the family’s home from the mid-1920s to the late 1930s. Arnhold...read more >>
The American Academy in Berlin awarded the 2016 Henry A. Kissinger Prize to the US Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Samantha Power, on June 8, 2016. Both Ambassador Power and former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger were at the award ceremony, attended by 350 invited guests. The laudation was delivered by Christoph Heusgen, the Foreign Policy and...read more >>
The policy of Western industrialized wealthy democracies toward failed and badly governed states has vacillated between transforming these countries into consolidated democracies -- or at least putting them on the road to Denmark -- and doing nothing. The West needs to define a realistic set of objectives says Stephen D....read more >>
On the occasion of her visit to the American Academy in Berlin, Stanford University historian Marilyn Yalom sat down with Academy fellow Brenda Stevenson, a historian at UCLA. Their topic was one of shared interest: women. From Abigail Adams to Hillary Clinton, Yalom and Stevenson discuss the historical role of women...read more >>
The American Academy in Berlin mourns the death of distinguished historian and Professor Emeritus at Columbia University Fritz Stern, who died on May 18, 2016, at age 90, in New York City.
Stern was a founding trustee of the American Academy, which named its annual Fritz Stern Lecture in honor of his scholarly legacy and intellectual interests. The board, management, and staff of the...read more >>