Dietrich Neumann, Professor of the History of Modern Architecture and Urban Studies, Brown University
Welcoming remarks by Hans Vorländer, Professor of Political Science and Chair of Political Theory and the History of Political Ideas, Technische Universität Dresden
Introduction by Hans-Georg Lippert, Chair of Architectural History, Technische Universität Dresden
Location: Technische Universität Dresden, Hörsaalzentrum Bergstraße, Alfred-Post-Hörsaal, Bergstraße 64, 01069 Dresden
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Welcoming the spring 2014 class of fellows to the Hans Arnhold Center with the traditional Fellows Presentation, with introductory remarks delivered by the current United States Ambassador to Germany, John B. Emerson, followed by fellows' individual introductions and a reception with roughly 120 invited guests from academia, publishing, politics, and business. This will be the thirty-first class of fellows at the American Academy since the institution opened its doors, in 1998.
The Spring 2014 Class of Berlin Prize Fellows
Dennis C. Dickerson, James M. Lawson, Jr. Professor of History, Vanderbilt University
Leslie Dunton-Downer, Writer, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Dexter Filkins (April/May), Staff Writer, The New Yorker
LaToya Ruby Frazier, Visual Media Artist, Braddock, Pennsylvania; Curator, Rutgers University
Matthew Goodheart, Composer, San Francisco, California
Linda D. Henderson, The David Bruton, Jr. Centennial Professor in Art History and Regents Outstanding Teaching Professor, Department of Art and Art History, The University of Texas at Austin
Jonathan Lethem, Writer, and Roy E. Disney ’51 Professor of Creative Writing, Pomona College
Brian Linn, Ralph R. Thomas Professor of Liberal Arts and Professor of History, Texas A&M University
Dominique Nabokov, Artist, New York
Sylvia Nasar, John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Business Journalism, Columbia University
George Packer (April/May), Staff Writer, The New Yorker
Janet Richards, Professor of Egyptology, Department of Near Eastern Studies, and Curator for Dynastic Egypt, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, University of Michigan
Laura Secor (April/May), Journalist, New York
Susan Stewart, Avalon Foundation University Professor in the Humanities, Professor of English and Director, Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, Princeton University
Ronald Suny, Charles Tilly Collegiate Professor of Social and Political History, University of Michigan, and Emeritus Professor of Political Science and History, University of Chicago
Berlin Prize Fellowships have been permanently endowed by the following individuals, foundations, and corporations: Daimler AG, Georg von Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, Dirk Ippen, Nina Maria Gorrissen, Mary Ellen von der Heyden, John P. Birkelund, and the German Transatlantic Berlin Prize supported by European Recovery Program funds granted through the Transatlantic Program of the Federal Republic of Germany. Fellowships are also named for Axel Springer AG, Robert Bosch Foundation, Siemens AG, Berthold Leibinger Foundation, Ellen Maria Gorrissen, Anna-Maria Kellen, Guna S. Mundheim, and Inga Maren Otto.
When Elvis Presley joined the US Army in 1958 it was an international event, with media coverage of everything from cutting his famous hair to European fans flocking to meet him. During his two years in uniform, Elvis was transformed in the public mind from the rock-and-roll outlaw to an all-American boy. But Elvis’s service raises questions of greater significance for understanding Cold War America and that this lecture will address: What kind of army did Elvis join? What was its mission? How did it prepare for war? Why was it so fascinated with technology? Why did Americans expect their army to not only train teenagers as soldiers, but to provide education, technical training, and moral instruction?
American Academy fellow Ronald Suny, Charles Tilly Collegiate Professor of Social and Political History, University of Michigan, and Emeritus Professor of Political Science and History, University of Chicago, in discussion with Cem Özdemir, co-chairman of the German political party Alliance '90/The Greens. Moderated by Pamela Rosenberg, Dean of Fellows and Programs, American Academy in Berlin.
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Location: Literaturhaus Stuttgart, Breitscheidstraße 4, 70174 Stuttgart
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In a time of extreme peril, from the 1930s Popular Front to the “strange alliance” of World War II to the early years of the Cold War, an astonishing number of the West’s most trusted and highly placed policymakers, experts, and planners collaborated, many in secret, with one of the most murderous regimes in history. Why? Journalist Sylvia Nasar explains that these figures were neither mercenaries nor mere adventurers, but rather mostly highly educated mandarins who managed Allied wartime finance, weapons development, diplomacy, and intelligence, and were determined to reap the fruits of victory by establishing a post-war order based on the ideal of one world and comity with the Soviet Union. They saw themselves not as fifth columnists or spies but as reformers of institutions they had once wished to destroy. There is no historical precedent for the scale, scope and sophistication of this collaboration between Westerners and the Soviets. Even half a century later the difficult questions continue to defy easy explanation.