Tomas Venclova contends that the Baltic capitals of Tallinn and Vilnius, despite their many apparent similarities, have generated creative works of a very different nature. These works are collectively examined as “city texts” and can be reduced, Venclova claims, to the underlying opposition between historical and mythic paradigms: Vilnius as the “city of myth” and Tallinn as the “city of history.” Venclova will be introduced by the writer Michael Krüger, who is president of the Bayerische Akademie der Schönen Künste and is currently a 2014/15 fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.
The World War II mini-series Unsere Mütter--Unsere Väter, called Generation War in English, created a stir in Germany when it aired in 2013. Focusing on World War II in Germany and Eastern Europe, the series examined the atrocities committed by the German Wehrmacht and its role in the Holocaust. »
The American Academy congratulates four alumni for having been selected as 2015 fellows by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Thomas Christensen, Rivka Galchen, Alex Ross, and Sean Shepherd are among 175 artists, scholars, and scientists selected from 3,100 applicants for the prestigious honor. »
The American Academy in Berlin is pleased to announce that the 2015 Henry A. Kissinger Prize will be awarded to both Giorgio Napolitano, former President of Italy (2006–2015), and Hans-Dietrich Genscher, former Federal Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor of Germany (1974–1992). »
On the evening of March 12, 2015, the American Academy’s Holtzbrinck Fellow William Uricchio held his lecture, "The Cultural Work of Algorithms." He was introduced by Margreth Lünenborg, a professor of journalism studies at the Freie Universität Berlin -- an apt choice, given the effect algorithms have had on her field in recent years. »
On the evening of March 3, 2015, Nina Maria Gorrissen Fellow Christopher D. Johnson was warmly introduced by colleague and art historian Andreas Beyer, a member of the international research group Bilderfahrzeuge: Aby Warburg’s Legacy and the Future of Iconology. Johnson, an accomplished scholar of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, investigates the rhetorical terms that inform the creation and interpretation of images and texts in early modern Spain and its New World colonies as member of Beyer's team. »