In this lecture, Aryeh Neier lends an overview of the history of surveillance in the United States and discusses challenges posed to the right to privacy by a state claiming to require vast quantities of data to protect public safety. Neier asks if the surveillance programs disclosed by Edward Snowden have been successful in mitigating the threat of terrorism and examines whether those programs intrude excessively on individual privacy. How was the programs’ effectiveness compromised by public revelations? Could they have been disclosed in another way? Was Edward Snowden justified in unveiling them unilaterally? Neier considers these questions and the credibility issues now facing the US in promoting civil liberties elsewhere.
Aryeh Neier is President Emeritus of the Open Society Foundations and a Visiting Professor at the School of Public Policy at CEU. He served for twelve years as executive director of Human Rights Watch, which he founded in 1978. During his time as executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (1970-78), he led efforts to protect the civil rights of prisoners, those in mental hospitals, and fought for the abolition of the death penalty; and investigations of human rights abuses around the world. Neier has served as an adjunct professor of law at New York University and taught at Georgetown University Law School as well as the University of Siena, Italy. He currently also serves as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Paris School of International Affairs of Sciences Po. Neier has contributed articles and opinion pieces to newspapers, magazines, and journals including the New York Times and the Washington Post. His most recent book is titled The International Human Rights Movement: A History (Princeton University Press, 2012). He is the recipient of several honorary degrees and numerous awards from such organizations as the American Bar Association and the International Bar Association.
Location: ESMT European School of Management and Technology, Schlossplatz 1, 10178 Berlin
Generously supported by Daimler-Fonds
The lecture will be preceded by a light lunch starting at 12:00pm.
Registration required by March 3, 2014
The past six years have witnessed a succession of financial crises. The failure of Lehman Brothers, in 2008, triggered a global financial emergency, followed by a worldwide recession. The European sovereign debt crisis began in 2010, and, most recently, a few emerging markets have begun to encounter turbulence. The financial system has been at the center of each of these three episodes, and in order to curb future crises and to secure financial stability, the world of finance needs to be reformed. While the tightening of financial regulation has been at the top of the global agenda since the outbreak of the global financial crisis, several issues continue to beg for resolution.
Among these concerns is the “too-big-to-fail” problem: how to deal with banks that are so big or so interconnected that their failure has the potential to destabilize the entire financial system. Another concern is the close link between banks’ balance sheets and public finances, which has played a prominent role in the European debt crisis. Finally, there is the question of how far-reaching regulation should be; tougher regulation might induce banks to move their activities to unregulated areas of the financial system. It might therefore be necessary to extend the regulatory perimeter to contain systemic risks and to ensure a level playing field. In his timely lecture, Andreas Dombret will discuss these problems and potential solutions — and the regulatory actions already undertaken.
At the center of Jonathan Lethem’s latest novel stand two incredible, indomitable women: Rose Zimmer, nicknamed the "Red Queen of Sunnyside," an unreconstructed Communist who berates her neighbors, family, and political comrades with the absolutism of her beliefs, and her precocious daughter, Miriam, who is equally passionate in her political activism. Though Miriam flees her mother's influence to embrace the dawning post-WWII counterculture of Greenwich Village, both women, along with the men over whom they strewn their wiles and ideologies, comprise the flawed and idealistic characters who struggle to inhabit the utopian dream in an America where radicalism was viewed with bemusement, hostility, or plain indifference. As the decades pass—from the seedling communism of the 1930s to the paranoia of 1950s McCarthyism, from the Civil Rights movement to the communes of the 1970s, from the romanticization of the Sandinistas and right up to the Occupy movement—Dissident Gardens brings readers through the leftist politics and its characters' personal dramas via Lethem's characteristically vivid and hilarious storytelling and a wideranging expanse of cultural references—ultimately constituting a story of love in the time of dissidence.
Location: Dussmann das KulturKaufhaus, Friedrichstraße 90, 10117 Berlin
In cooperation with Dussmann das KulturKaufhaus
Ghost Dance in Berlin – Cosmopolitan Reflections of an American Author of German-Speaking Jewish Heritage
Peter Wortsman is an acclaimed author, travel writer, and translator of German literature to English. His most recent work, Ghost Dance in Berlin: A Rhapsody in Gray, is a memoir/travel reflection and a finalist for the Eric Hofer Independent Book Award. His book paints a portrait of his unlikely love affair with Berlin, bringing together his observations, experience, and imagination to tell the story of a ghost-ridden, ceaslessly evolving Berlin. His works have appeared in newspapers such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Die Welt, and Die Zeit. He is a former fellow of the Fulbright and Thomas J. Watson Foundations, and in 2010 he was the Holtzbrinck Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, where he wrote the majority of Ghost Dance in Berlin.
Location: BASE Camp, Mittelstraße 51-53, 10117 Berlin
Please register by March 17.
In cooperation with Atlantik Brücke e.V.
How did ancient Egyptian political elites craft narratives of the individual in context and text, materialize the relationship of politics and society, and deploy myth and memory in sacred/political landscapes? This Head-to-Head discussion explores the narrative construction of the multi layered phenomenon of Egyptian identity from a comparative perspective and addresses a key transition in the late third millennium BCE when the written lives of individuals such as the official Weni the Elder, the god Osiris, and the "local hero" Idy played a key role in verbal and spatial rhetorics of response to political crises of authority.
Location: Literaturhaus Stuttgart, Breitscheidstraße 4, 70174 Stuttgart
PLEASE REGISTER WITH LITERATURHAUS STUTTGART
Tickets (€ 9): email@example.com or 01805-70 07 33
In cooperation with the Literaturhaus Stuttgart
Generously supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, Daimler AG, Holtzbrinck Publishing Group and the Berthold Leibinger Stiftung GmbH
A portrait concert of composer Matthew Goodheart (Inga Maren Otto Fellow in Music Composition) whose diverse musical creations range from large-scale microtonal compositions to open improvisations to immersive sound installations, all unified by the analytic techniques and performative methodologies he has developed to bring forth the unique and subtle acoustic properties of individual musical instruments. Goodheart’s approach results in a “generative foundation” for exploring issues of perception, technology, cultural ritual, and the psycho-physical impact of acoustic phenomena. This concert will feature the following pieces, performed by Matthew Goodheart (composition / piano / performance) and George Cremaschi (double bass):
for computer controlled metal percussion, bowed cymbals (2011) GP
for piano and autonomous viola (2013) GP
for solo contrabass (2008/2009) GP
For Piano and Metal Percussion
for piano, computer controlled metal percussion, bowed cymbals (2012) GP
An event of Berliner Festspiele / MaerzMusik and The American Academy in Berlin, with the support of Inga Maren Otto.
Location: Berghain, Am Wriezener Bahnhof, 10243 Berlin
In cooperation with Berliner Festspiele / MaerzMusik and generously supported by Berghain.
Photographer Dominque Nabokov returns to the Academy to work on her project “Berlin Living Rooms,” the third in her trilogy of interiors books. She has already completed Paris Living Rooms (Assouline, 2002) and New York Living Rooms (Overlook, 1998), which utilize the remaining available stock of the discounted Polaroid Colorgraph type 691 film, her work has revealed the extraordinarily varied living rooms of celebrated New Yorkers and Parisians.
This event will be livestreamed.