The American Academy in Berlin is honored to welcome Daniel M. Gallagher, Commissioner of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (S.E.C.), for an evening lecture at the Hans Arnhold Center. The event is being held in cooperation with the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany and the United States Embassy.
On December 4, 2013, the American Academy in Berlin launched the Richard C. Holbrooke Forum for the Study of Diplomacy and Governance with a gala dinner at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York City, attended by friends of the Academy and of the late Richard Holbrooke. The dinner was preceded by an afternoon colloquium at Hunter College, offering a preview of the work the Forum will undertake over the coming years. »
In his December 2 lecture “The Machiavellian Moment in Modern Thought,” historian Warren Breckman investigated how a Renaissance thinker indelibly associated with the cynical practice of amoral politics had inspired a number of modern philosophical projects aimed at deepening and fostering democratic practice -- a seemingly glaring contradiction. »
In her November 26 lecture "Exodus from the East: Emigration and the Making of the “Free World,” historian Tara Zahra traced emigration from East Central Europe in the period 1889 to 1989, interrogating how emigration shaped ideals of freedom, new forms of social protection, and border controls in both East and West. Yes, after the Second World War, she argued, the “captivity” of East Europeans stood as symbol of Communist oppression. But that the link between freedom and mobility was contested long before Communists closed the Iron Curtain. »
The American Academy in Berlin congratulates alumna Anne Applebaum (George Herbert Walker Bush / Axel Springer Fellow in both fall 2006 and fall 2008) on winning the 2013 Cundill Prize in Historical Literature for her book Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-1956 (Allen Lane - Penguin Books/McClelland & Stewart). The prestigious Cundill Prize is the largest international nonfiction historical literature prize, awarding its prize recipients $75,000. Established in 2008 by McGill alumnus F. »
The American Academy in Berlin heartily congratulates alumnus George Packer (fall 2009 Holtzbrinck Fellow) for winning the National Book Award for Nonfiction for his book The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). »