From March 3 to March 7 the Haus der Berliner Festspiele will present Einstein on the Beach, an operatic work by Philip Glass and Robert Wilson that first premiered in 1976 and has been touring the world since 2012 in a new production. This staging, featuring choreography by Lucinda Childs, premiered in Montpellier and has since played in London, Amsterdam, New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Melbourne, Hongkong, and Mexico City. This is the only stop in Germany and the last of the project’s international tour.
The theologian and scholar William Stuart Nelson, born in Paris, Kentucky, in 1895, belonged to an influential cadre of black religious intellectuals. He had served in the United States Army in World War I, studied at the University of Paris and the University of Berlin, and then earned a bachelor's degree in divinity at Yale University in 1924. The next year Nelson began teaching religion at the all-African American Howard University, and, in 1931, became the first African American president of Shaw University. »
The opening scene of Brian Linn’s lecture sees a youthful, uniformed Elvis singing “Wooden Heart” (or, in German, “Muss i denn?”) to with a blond-haired German marionette from his 1960 film G.I. Blues. An appropriate lead, as the subject of Linn’s talk stemmed from a hypothetical question an army sergeant posed to him a few years ago, “What the hell kind of army was Elvis Presley in?” »
It is true that a rising China, climate change, radical Islamic terrorism, a nuclear Iran, a turbulent Middle East, and a reckless North Korea all present serious challenges to American national security. Moreover, the facts of globalization, revolutionary technologies, and the rise and decline of both new and old powers have created a “nonpolar” world of American primacy -- but no longer of domination. »
The frosty night of January 20 set the backdrop for warmly welcoming the spring 2014 class of Berlin Prize Fellows, the Academy's thirty-second such class, to the Hans Arnhold Center, with introductory remarks delivered by the United States Ambassador to Germany, John B. Emerson. Citing the importance of the German-American relationship in current global affairs, Ambassador Emerson reiterated that the two countries' “common strategic interests make cooperation essential. Our common political values make cooperation possible. »
Please join us at the American Academy in Berlin this winter for an enticing blend of readings, concerts, and lectures on a diverse array of subjects, from Elvis Presley in the US army to new thoughts on American national security; from the religious origins of the American Civil Rights movement to the alluring tale of a Tajik singer's voice; and from the curious story of American Soviet collabotors in the 1940s to the fate of Armenians and Assyrians at the end of the Ottoman Empire. »