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Melvin J. Lasky’s War Diary: Und alles war still: Deutsches Tagebuch 1945

An evening to remember him

The living room of the Academy was alive on the evening of Monday, October 27, with many friends and family members of the late Melvin J. Lasky, the American public intellectual and editor, who died in June 2004, at the age of 84. They joined Academy guests for a book presentation of Und alles war still: Deutsches Tagebuch 1945, written by the young Lasky, when he was military historian, at age 25. The book is now published for the first time, in German, by Rowohlt Verlag. »

Published in Humanities

Toward a Quantitative History of Data

How the concept of data emerged in the West

On the evening of October 14, Axel Springer fellow Daniel Rosenberg presented his book-in-progress Toward A Quantitative History of Data. In it he traces the emergence and development of the concept of data in the West from the 1600s until today. In his introductory remarks, Dean of Fellows Wolf Schäfer expressed his excitement about a “cool” project that works with quantitative as well as qualitative methods -- "data" with the help of data, so to speak. »

Published in Arts and Culture

Camilo José Vergara: Tracking Time

The street photographer who always returned

Camilo José Vergara, the Chilean-born American documentary photographer and writer, began his career snapping pictures of playing children, street vendors, abandoned cars, and religious meetings. »

Published in Special Event

Happy Birthday, American Academy in Berlin!

Celebrating twenty years of cultivating relationships across the Atlantic

One hundred and ninety guests gathered at the Hans Arnhold Center on the evening of October 8 for the twentieth-anniversary celebration of the American Academy in Berlin. »

Published in Leadership

The 2014 Henry A. Kissinger Prize

The American Academy in Berlin honors James A. Baker, III

On the evening of October 7, 2014, the American Academy in Berlin awarded the 2014 Henry A. Kissinger Prize to James A. Baker, III, the United States Secretary of State from 1989-1992 and US Secretary of the Treasury from 1985-1988. The award is given in recognition of Secretary Baker’s outstanding contributions towards German reunification and the peaceful resolution of the Cold War, and in particular for his role in international negotiations following the fall of the Berlin Wall. “James A. »