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Hot Off the Presses: The Fall 2014 Berlin Journal

Berlin in fiction and memory, new features by fellows, and full coverage of our twentieth anniversary celebrations

The newest issue of the Berlin Journal features a range of articles from Academy fellows, alumni, and broader circle of contributors -- with a special focus on "Berlin, Fiction, Memory," with new stories by alumni Jonathan Lethem and Nicole Krauss and by fall 2014 fellow Adam Ross; a newly translated story by Mynona (aka, Salomo Friedlaender), by alumnus Peter Wortsman; reflections on Berlin in fiction by editor of Literarische »

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Weeping for Dido: Rhetoric, Gender, and Classical Emotions in the Medieval Classroom

How medieval boys experienced the emotions of ancient female protagonists

Fall 2014 Anna-Maria Kellen Fellow Marjorie Woods, a literary historian at the University of Texas at Austin, has spent decades translating hundreds of medieval Latin manuscripts, particularly the marginalia they contain, teasing out the broader implications for medieval European pedagogy. »

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Former Stanford University President Appointed President of the American Academy

The Board of Trustees welcomes Professor Dr. Gerhard Casper

The Trustees of the American Academy in Berlin are delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Dr. Gerhard Casper as its President. Professor Casper, President Emeritus of Stanford University and Trustee Emeritus of the American Academy, will assume his duties as President in July 2015. »

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Healer, Messiah, Rock Star: Bruno Gröning and the Early Federal Republic

Seeking spiritual redemption in postwar Germany

In the immediate aftermath of WWII, tens of thousands of Germans, despondent and reeling from defeat and military occupation, found solace in an obscure wonder-worker named Bruno Gröning. Gröning, it was said, could heal the sick, make the blind see, make the deaf hear. In her fascinating November 25 lecture, “Healer, Messiah, Rock Star: Bruno Gröning and the Early Federal Republic,” Monica Black, John P. Birkelund Fellow for fall 2014, discussed the largely forgotten history of the Gröning phenomenon. »

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Whistling up a Storm: Toward a History of Emergency

What is an emergency if everything becomes urgent?

“Would you all please take out your mobile phones, your cell phones, your handys and turn them on. Please, let them ring or buzz or whistle or hoot, but not to vibrate. God forbid there is an emergency while I am talking and you do not hear the call. No, I am serious! For the history of the nature, notion, and experience of emergency is bound to acts of calling.”  »