Writer Adam Ross will read from his novel-in-progress, Playworld, which draws on his experiences as a child actor. A Bildungsroman set in Manhattan between the fall of 1980, just before Jimmy Carter loses his re-election bid to Ronald Reagan, and November 1999, immediately before the burst of the dot-com bubble, Playworld tells the story of Griffin Hurt, a child actor who finds himself surrounded by adult children—by adult actors who are wittingly or unwittingly borrowing against his emotional future, who are so indulgently at play that they function as terrible role models.
The American Academy welcomed its thirty-third class of fellows at the Hans Arnhold Center on September 18, 2014. The evening began with introductions by Academy Chairman A. Michael Hoffman and Executive Director Gary Smith. Hoffman welcomed not only the fellows but also Academy’s new Dean of Fellows, Wolf Schäfer, who was himself a new fellow just a year ago, in fall 2013. »
Distinguished visitor Jeremy Rifkin opened his lecture at the Allianz Forum by predicting nothing less than the end of capitalism as we know it. The famed social theorist and futurist believes that as a new sharing economy begins to flourish, the entire capitalist system is being forced to undergo a deep-rooted transformation in order to accommodate a new global trend he calls "the collaborative commons." While capitalism will not "cease to exist" entirely, Rifkin says, he predicts that it will no longer be the primary economic system by the year 2050. »
“The old world is dying. The new world has not yet emerged. And in the twilight rises up a monster.” – Antonio Gramsci
With this portentous quotation, Airbus Distinguished Visitor Jamie Metzl, a senior fellow at the Asia Society and a principal at the private equity firm Cranemere, Inc., delivered an engaging perspective on the rise of China and its effects upon the existing world order. »
The spring 2014 edition of the "Berlin Journal," which airs on NPR Berlin on July 5 and 7, covers the diplomatic trajectory of Richard C. Holbrooke, who founded the American Academy in Berlin in 1994, as outgoing US ambassador to Germany. Through the decades of his career, beginning in the 1970s, Holbrooke served in some of the most difficult posts and handled many of the most seemingly hopeless tasks on American diplomacy’s to-do list, including the 1995 Dayton Accords, which ended the war in Bosnia. »
The American Academy's house magazine, The Berlin Journal, published twice per year, is now in its twenty-sixth issue. The spring 2014 Berlin Journal features a smart re-design by Edenspiekermann and a new section devoted to a single theme, with which we aim to mirror some of the intellectual debates taking place at our Wannsee villa. »