Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 07:30 pm | Arts and Culture
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West by Midwest (Previously: Close Calls and Sold Souls)

Often considered a Midwestern writer, novelist Tom Drury lived in Los Angeles from 2004 to 2010 and has drawn upon that experience in works of fiction, photography, and film. In the Mary Ellen von der Heyden Reading on May 26, he will read from the novel Pacific, show images from his photographic series Signs of Los Angeles, and screen Path Lights, a short film starring John Hawkes and directed by Zachary Sluser that was adapted from the New Yorker short story of the same name.

Thursday, May 28, 2015, 08:00 pm | Economics

Reflection on a Progressive Economic Policy in the Twenty-First Century Economy

In the Kurt Viermetz Lecture on May 28, Dr. Lawrence H. Summers will draw on a recent international report he co-chaired on inclusive prosperity to discuss the ways in which the global economy has changed over the last generation and how policies need to respond. Summers will discuss the respective advantages and disadvantages of American and European economic policy approaches. He will conclude that strong policy actions are essential to raise growth rates and to combat inequality.

The presentation will be moderated by Christine I. Wallich, Trustee-in-Residence at the American Academy in Berlin, and former Director at the World Bank.

Please be advised that, because of extremely high interest in this event, seats will be at a premium. Guests are still welcome to sign up, but should be aware that there will be no seats for those registering now.

Thursday, June 04, 2015, 07:30 pm | Politics
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American Elections in an Uncertain Context

Wall Street, by Martin St-Amant (2008)

Is the American system of government broken? David W. Brady, the Bowen H. & Janice Arthur McCoy Professor of Political Science and Leadership Values at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, doesn’t believe it is. Rather, as he will argue at the Foreign Policy Forum lecture on June 4, the US government is merely experiencing a period of instability caused by the great transformation of the world economy over the last 30 years. Still, those uncertainties have had an outsized effect on US politics. In his talk, Brady will examine the upcoming 2016 campaign in the context of the uncertainty facing the global economy.

Monday, June 22, 2015, 01:50 pm | Arts and Culture

Hans Arp in America

In cooperation with the Georg Kolbe Museum in Berlin, Stiftung Arp e.V. is hosting a two-day conference at the American Academy in Berlin, on June 22 and June 23, examining the works of the artist Hans Arp. Following World War II, Arp's work found widespread resonance in museums and galleries in the United States. Nevertheless, art historians have not yet fully analyzed Arp's influence on postwar American art. The conference aims to advance new scholarly approaches to the work of Hans Arp and promote exchange between academics, curators, and art market experts.

Should you be interested in registering for this event, please visit the Stiftung Arp website.

You can download a PDF version of the event program here.

Monday, June 22, 2015, 07:30 pm | Politics
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Russia and Putin in Historical Perspective

Russian President Vladimir Putin, says Padma Desai, a professor of economics at Columbia University, is convinced that the breakup of the Soviet Union was the greatest political tragedy of the twentieth century. Indeed, as she will argue in her June 22 Richard von Weizsäcker Lecture, entitled “Russia and Putin in Historical Perspective,” much of Putin’s geopolitical maneuvering has been aimed at re-establishing the influence Russia lost in the wake of Mikhail Gorbachev’s perestroika and glasnost, and following the subsequent 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union under the unsteady leadership of Boris Yeltsin. In conversation with Stefan Meister of the German Council on Foreign Relations, Desai will take a look at Putin’s maneuverings in the Caucasus and Crimea in light of Russia’s recent past.

The conversation will be moderated by Walter Kaufmann, Head of the Eastern- and Southeastern-European Department at the Heinrich Böll Stiftung.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 06:00 pm | Economics
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Poverty, the Pope, and Mr. Piketty

Almirante, Panama; Remy Swaab

In recent years, the Occupy Movement has focused our attention on the richest one percent. That, though, hasn’t helped the poor, argues Jagdish Bhagwati, the renowned professor of economics and law at Columbia University. On June 23, Bhagwati will deliver the Richard von Weizsäcker Lecture, entitled Poverty, the Pope, and Mr. Piketty, in which he will welcome Pope Francis’ recent efforts to return the poor to the center of the debate. But he questions whether the Pope’s recipes for poverty reduction are appropriate, drawing as they do on unsuccessful lessons from Peronist Argentina rather on decades of successful poverty reduction policies. Bhagwati will also call into question Thomas Piketty’s arguments pertaining to growing wealth inequality.