Monday, September 22, 2014 | The Berlin Prize

Welcoming the Thirty-Third Class of Berlin Prize Fellows

From medieval manuscripts to the future of gene patenting

The American Academy welcomed its thirty-third class of fellows at the Hans Arnhold Center on September 18, 2014. The evening began with introductions by Academy Chairman A. Michael Hoffman and Executive Director Gary Smith. Hoffman welcomed not only the fellows but also Academy’s new Dean of Fellows, Wolf Schäfer, who was himself a new fellow just a year ago, in fall 2013.

Each...

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 | Economics

The Zero Marginal Cost Society

The Internet of Things, the collaborative commons, and the end of capitalism

Distinguished visitor Jeremy Rifkin opened his lecture at the Allianz Forum by predicting nothing less than the end of capitalism as we know it. The famed social theorist and futurist believes that as a new sharing economy begins to flourish, the entire capitalist system is being forced to undergo a deep-rooted transformation in order to accommodate a new global trend he calls "the...

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 | Foreign Policy

Rising China and the Dangerous Beginning of a Post-American World

Assessing the behavior of China and the West at the crossroads

“The old world is dying. The new world has not yet emerged. And in the twilight rises up a monster.” – Antonio Gramsci

With this portentous quotation, Airbus Distinguished Visitor Jamie Metzl, a senior fellow at the Asia Society and a principal at the private equity firm Cranemere, Inc., delivered an engaging perspective on the rise of China and its effects...

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Monday, July 07, 2014 | Foreign Policy

The Spring 2014 "Berlin Journal" on NPR Berlin

The story of the creation of the Richard C. Holbrooke Forum for Diplomacy and Governance

The spring 2014 edition of the "Berlin Journal," which airs on NPR Berlin on July 5 and 7, covers the diplomatic trajectory of Richard C. Holbrooke, who founded the American Academy in Berlin in 1994, as outgoing US ambassador to Germany. Through the decades of his career, beginning in the 1970s, Holbrooke served in some of the most difficult posts and handled many of the most...

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Friday, July 04, 2014 | Special Event

Hot Off the Press: The Spring 2014 Berlin Journal

The new Berlin Journal features a new look, a thematic focus, in-depth book reviews, and much more.

The American Academy's house magazine, The Berlin Journal, published twice per year, is now in its twenty-sixth issue. The spring 2014 Berlin Journal features a smart re-design by Edenspiekermann and a new section devoted to a single theme, with which we aim to mirror some of the...

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Friday, June 20, 2014 | Special Event

James Baker III to receive the 2014 Henry A. Kissinger Prize in October

A former US Secretary of State and the Treasury who helped to bring about the peaceful end to the Cold War

The American Academy in Berlin announces that the 2014 Henry A. Kissinger Prize will be awarded to James A. Baker, III, US 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. The award ceremony will take...

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 | Foreign Policy

Statecraft and Responsibility

The first working group of the Richard C. Holbrooke Forum convened to discuss the urgency of global governance.

The overarching theme of the Holbrooke Forum is responsibility and statecraft in the twenty-first century: how responsibility for managing critical problems—from conflict, civil war, financial crisis, and climate change—is being redistributed in a multipolar world. In the Forum's June 2014 meeting, co-chaired by...

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Monday, June 09, 2014 | Economics

Germany and the Euro: The Revenge of Helmut Schmidt

A controversial thesis by one of America's top macro economists: Germany is largely responsible for the economic crisis in Europe.

With the Eurozone crisis in its fifth year, many commentators and policy experts continue to see the issue of Germany’s role and the future of the Euro as a prevalent one. In contrast to those who rally against the common European currency, however, C. Fred Bergsten, the Kurt Viermetz Distinguished Visitor and former president of the Peterson Institute for International Economics,...

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Saturday, May 17, 2014 | The Berlin Prize

Announcing the 2014-2015 Class of Berlin Prize Fellows

Proudly congratulating the Academy's seventeenth class

The American Academy in Berlin is proud to announce the twenty-five recipients of the Berlin Prize Fellowship for the fall 2014 and spring 2015 terms. The highly competitive Berlin Prize is awarded each year to scholars, writers, and artists who represent the highest standards of excellence in their fields. The Academy’s seventeenth class of fellows is comprised of outstanding historians...

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Friday, May 16, 2014 | Law

My Beloved World

From social housing to the US Supreme Court

In the presentation of her memoir at the American Academy as a Lloyd Cutler Distinguished Visitor, the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor talked about her journey from social housing in the Bronx to the bench of the United States Supreme Court. My Beloved World, Sotomayor's just-released biography, recounts how the US Supreme Court judge, faced with with an exceedingly precarious childhood,...

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