Monday, December 15, 2014 | Media

Hot Off the Presses: The Fall 2014 Berlin Journal

Berlin in fiction and memory, new features by fellows, and full coverage of our twentieth anniversary celebrations

The newest issue of the Berlin Journal features a range of articles from Academy fellows, alumni, and broader circle of contributors -- with a special focus on "Berlin, Fiction, Memory," with new stories by alumni Jonathan Lethem and ...

Monday, December 08, 2014 | Humanities

Weeping for Dido: Rhetoric, Gender, and Classical Emotions in the Medieval Classroom

How medieval boys experienced the emotions of ancient female protagonists

Fall 2014 Anna-Maria Kellen Fellow Marjorie Woods, a literary historian at the University of Texas at Austin, has spent decades translating hundreds of medieval Latin manuscripts, particularly the marginalia they contain, teasing out the broader implications for medieval European pedagogy. During her time at the Academy, Woods is furthering her research into medieval teachers’ notes in...

Wednesday, December 03, 2014 | Special Event

Former Stanford University President Appointed President of the American Academy

The Board of Trustees welcomes Professor Dr. Gerhard Casper

The Trustees of the American Academy in Berlin are delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Dr. Gerhard Casper as its President. Professor Casper, President Emeritus of Stanford University and Trustee Emeritus of the American Academy, will assume his duties as President in July 2015. In this role, he will combine the duties of Executive Director and...

Wednesday, December 03, 2014 | Humanities

Healer, Messiah, Rock Star: Bruno Gröning and the Early Federal Republic

Seeking spiritual redemption in postwar Germany

In the immediate aftermath of WWII, tens of thousands of Germans, despondent and reeling from defeat and military occupation, found solace in an obscure wonder-worker named Bruno Gröning. Gröning, it was said, could heal the sick, make the blind see, make the deaf hear. In her fascinating November 25 lecture, “Healer, Messiah, Rock Star: Bruno Gröning and the Early Federal Republic,...

Friday, November 21, 2014 | Humanities

Whistling up a Storm: Toward a History of Emergency

What is an emergency if everything becomes urgent?

“Would you all please take out your mobile phones, your cell phones, your handys and turn them on. Please, let them ring or buzz or whistle or hoot, but not to vibrate. God forbid there is an emergency while I am talking and you do not hear the call. No, I am serious! For the history of the nature, notion, and experience of emergency is bound to acts of calling.” ...

Thursday, November 20, 2014 | Architecture

X-Ray Architecture

The building as body

On the evening of November 18, the lecture room of the Hans Arnhold Center was packed with young architects and design connoisseurs who eagerly anticipated the start of Berthold Leibinger Fellow Beatriz Colomina’s lecture, "X-Ray Architecture." The lecture's striking and unusual first claim? “Modern architecture of the early twentieth century,” Colomina said,...

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 | Social Sciences

The Challenge of Recent History: Political and Economic Crisis in Post-1968 Mexico

Researching how the Mexican middle class became consumer-citizens

On the evening of November 13, Louise Walker, Associate Professor of History at Northeastern University, delivered this semester's Siemens lecture, which addressed how the Mexican middle class experienced increased inflation and navigated an emerging consumer credit economy. The entire process was driven and constructed, Walker argued, through state initiative, specifically interpellated...

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 | Special Event

Gary Smith Receives Bundesverdienstkreuz 1. Klasse

Highest civilian honor in Germany awarded to the executive director of the American Academy in Berlin

On behalf of Federal President Joachim Gauck, Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit awarded the Verdienstkreuz 1. Klasse des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublik Deutschland to Dr. Gary Smith, executive director of the American Academy in Berlin. The award recognizes Dr. Smith for the “indefatigable efforts and great skill” with which he “established the intellectual...

Thursday, November 06, 2014 | Social Sciences

The Genealogy of a Gene: Patents, HIV/AIDS, and Race

The big meanings of little acids

On the evening of November 4, Bosch Fellow in Public Policy Myles Jackson described how he has used the CCR5 gene as a heuristic tool to probe the relationship among biomedical science, technology, and society, in general -- and between molecular biology and intellectual property law, in particular. During the 1980s and '...

Friday, October 31, 2014 | Humanities

Kunstkammern, Practical Knowledge, and the Birth of the Modern Nation State

Samuel Quiccheberg and the origins of display

Kunstkammern, says fall 2014 Nina Maria Gorrissen Fellow Mark Meadow, were more than mere showcases for the wealth and influence of the princes. In fact, as they were originally concieved, they were neither the exclusive domain of the prince, nor did they primarily exist as a means of exhibiting prosperity. At his October 28 lecture, Meadow explained the genesis of the Kunstkammer,...