The ability to turn passive and analogue objects into smart and interconnected ones has been widely hailed as a revolutionary development. The utopian vision tell us that it help us run cities, markets, and our own households more efficiently, and solve problems like congestion and climate change. The dystopian vision suggests that the "Internet of Things" would belong to the same few monopolies that already dominate the online world. Evgeny Morozov's talk will try to articulate a middle ground between the two positions, showing how to put the Internet of Things to the more humane and citizen-focused use.
The American Academy in Berlin mourns the death of Bundespräsident Richard von Weizsäcker.
Along with Henry Kissinger, Richard Holbrooke, and Thomas Farmer, Richard von Weizsäcker was one of the founders of the American Academy in Berlin, and he was a persistent champion of the German-American friendship.
His vision and enthusiasm, along with his unrelenting support over the past twenty years, were crucial to the success of the American Academy. Richard von Weizsäcker’s tireless work to strengthen the transatlantic relationship will forever endure. »
Daimler Fellow and Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University Bruce Ackerman drew a full house out to the American Academy for the first lecture of the spring 2015 semester, “A General Theory of World Constitutionalism-and the Crisis of the European Union.” Words of welcome were extended to the buzzing room of trustees, scholars, journalists, students and friends of the Academy from American Academy Co-Chair and trustee, Christine I. »
The American Academy in Berlin heartily welcomed its thirty-fourth class of fellows at the Hans Arnhold Center on the evening of January 19, 2015. Attended by professionals from the worlds of academia, journalism, the arts, business, and politics, as well as a number of the Academy's trustees, supporters, and friends, the spring 2015 Fellows Presentation began with introductions by trustee Josef Joffe, of Die Zeit, who welcomed the Academy’s incoming president, Gerhard Casper. »
The fall 2014 edition of "Berlin Journal," which aired on January 3 and 5 on NPR Berlin (104.1 FM), features coverage of the American Academy in Berlin's twentieth anniversary celebration, with remarks thoughtful and emotional by keynote speakers Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Bard College president, Leon Botstein, and New York Times columnist Roger Cohen, an Academy trustee. Then, former Academy dean of fellows Wolf Schäfer sits down with fall 2014 fellow Monica Black to talk about a curious postwar German faith healer named Bruno Gröning, and novelist and Adam Ro »
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 »