Wednesday, September 09, 2015, 07:30 pm | Humanities

The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present

According to Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel, the central challenge of science in the twenty-first century is to understand the human mind in biological terms. This investigation is important not only because it provides a deeper understanding of what makes us who we are, he says, but also because it makes possible a meaningful series of dialogues between brain science and other areas of knowledge. Kandel’s Richard von Weizsäcker Lecture focuses on how the new science of mind has begun to engage with a quite unexpected genre: figurative art—in particular, portraiture, and in a particular cultural period: modernism in Vienna, 1900.


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Thursday, September 17, 2015 | The Berlin Prize

Presentation of the Fall 2015 Fellows

Welcoming remarks by Hermann Parzinger, President, Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz. (Invitation only)

The Berlin Prize is awarded annually to scholars, writers, composers, and artists who represent the highest standards of excellence in their fields. Fellows receive a monthly stipend, partial board, and accommodations at the Academy’s lakeside Hans Arnhold Center in Berlin-Wannsee. The prize allows recipients the time and resources to step back from their daily obligations to work on academic and artistic projects they might not otherwise pursue, and to engage with their counterparts in Germany.

The Fellows in the fall 2015 class are:

Mary Cappello - writer and professor of English and creative writing, University of Rhode Island
Robin Einhorn - Preston Hotschkis Professor of US History, University of California at Berkerley
Monica H. Green - professor of history, Arizona State University
Adrià Julià - artist, Los Angeles, CA
Philip Kitcher - John Dewey Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University
Vladimir Kulić - associate professor of architecture, Florida Atlantic University
Anthony Marra - writer and Jones Lecturer in Fiction, Stanford University
Michael B. Miller - professor of history, University of Miami
Jason Pine - assistant professor of anthropology and media, society and the arts, State University of New York at Purchase College
Moishe Postone - Thomas E. Donnelley Professor of Modern History and the College, University of Chicago
Christina Schwenkel - associate professor of anthropology, University of California at Riverside

Clikc here to learn more about the fall 2015 class.

Thursday, September 24, 2015, 07:30 pm | Humanities
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Of Mood: An Atmospheric Reading

Mary Cappello will present a multi-modal reading drawn from her new writing on “mood”—a suite of lyric essays and experimental prose that allows for mood’s mercurial nature, gives free play to mood’s pre-conscious origins, and follows the lead of its kinship with “the elements” (clouds, weather), all the while entertaining our yearning for presence; our capacity for nuance; our attunement to what environs us and the atmospheres we manufacture for ourselves and others. With special emphasis on sonic phenomena, she will test suppositions that we may be entering a newly moodless age, and discuss her interest in creating collaboratively constructed and conceived “mood rooms” as alternative performance and meeting places.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 07:30 pm | Architecture
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Building between Worlds: The Spaces of Yugoslavia’s Socialist Globalization

A number of scholars have recently posited the Cold War as an important stage in the history of globalization. For Yugoslavia, that period was indeed a decisive moment of world-wide expansion in its political, economic, and cultural relations. Vladimir Kulić’s lecture concerns the production of space in socialist Yugoslavia in the context of its non-aligned globalization, arguing that as the country balanced between the political blocs it was re-imagined and built as a place of global encounter.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015, 07:30 pm | Humanities
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France and Its Rivers: War, Property, and Pleasure along the Marne

Historian Michael Miller uses French waterways to propose a different framework for exploring the intersection of French geography, history, and identity. While the prevailing approach to waterway history has long focused on human engineering, power, and environmental change, Miller instead explains how France came to be so identified with and by its rivers, streams, and canals. To grasp that identification, he uses archival sources, ranging from disputes about waterway governance to the words of French authors about their rivers and the cities along their banks.