On the evening of September 29 architectural historian Vladimir Kulić, this semester's Axel Springer Fellow, discussed the production of space in socialist Yugoslavia in the context of its non-aligned globalization. While a number of scholars have recently posited the Cold War as an important stage in the history of globalization; for Yugoslavia, Kulić noted, that period was indeed a decisive moment of world-wide expansion in its political, economic, and cultural relations, as the country balanced between the political blocs and participated in the...
The world got big news in March 2015 when the International Energy Agency reported for the first time in history, annual energy-related CO2 emission stayed flat while the global economy experienced positive growth. So is this the start of a serious movement to decarbonize the economy? And can we thereby halt runaway climate change and avoid almost unimaginable damage to this country—and indeed the whole Earth? »
Most commentators tend to focus on two questions about American tax politics: how high or low, and how progressive or regressive. Yet because the US political system is designed to emphasize geography more strongly than class-interest or political ideology, the history of federal taxation is better understood in geographical terms. »
VIDEOS OF PAST EVENTS
On Thursday, September 24, Mary Cappello presented a multi-modal reading drawn from her new writing on “mood”—a suite of lyric essays and experimental prose that allows for mood’s mercurial nature, gives free play to mood’s pre-conscious origins, and follows the lead of its kinship with “the elements.” With special emphasis on sonic phenomena, she tests suppositions that we may be entering a moodless age. She discusses her interest in creating...
The fall 2015 fellows presentation took place on September 17 at the American Academy's Hans Arnhold Center, with opening remarks by Gerhard Casper and welcoming remarks by Hermann Parzinger, president of the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz.
Nobel Prize-winning brain scientist Eric Kandel's Richard von Weizsäcker lecture focuses on figurative painting of Viennese modernism, circa 1900, and specifically on three artists—Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, and Egon Schiele. Kandel's interest in the period stems from his view that these artists attempted to get to "the truth lying beneath surface appearances of their subjects," an attempt paralleled and influenced by similar concerns with unconscious mental processes in...
On the evening of March 26, Dirk Ippen Fellow Jeffrey Goldberg spoke about President Barack Obama’s policy in the Middle East and Europe, the focus of his most recent book project. A national correspondent for The Atlantic, Goldberg hopes his book will help explain the “diabolical complexities” of the Middle East.
On the evening of May 28, the American Academy's Kurt Viermetz Distinguished Visitor Lawrence H. Summers held a lecture entitled "European Economy & Financial Future: An American View." Summers, the 71st US Secretary of the Treasury, discussed the respective advantages and disadvantages of American and European economic policy approaches and noted that strong policy actions are essential to raise growth rates and to combat inequality.
Thomas L. Friedman delivered the Stephen M. Kellen Lecture at the American Academy in Berlin on Wednesday, April 22. He spoke about his conviction that the world has become "really fast." This, he says, is because the three biggest forces shaping the world today -- the market, Moore’s Law, and Mother Nature -- have forced us into a phase of rapid acceleration: the market via the expansion and speed of globalization and the rise in global debt levels; Moore’s Law via the...