Set in the rugged region of the Midwest that gives the novel its title, The Driftless Area is the story of Pierre Hunter, a young bartender with unfailing optimism, a fondness for coin tricks, and an uncanny capacity for finding trouble. When he falls in love, with the mysterious and isolated Stella Rosmarin, Pierre becomes the central player in a revenge drama he must unravel and bring to its shocking conclusion. Along the way he will liberate 77 thousand dollars from a murderous thief, summon the resources that have eluded him all his life, and come to question the very meaning of chance and mortality.
The Fifty-Seventh Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 8, 2015, at the Staples Center, in Los Angeles. Among the winners was violinist Hilary Hahn, who received the award in the Best Chamber Music category, for her In 27 Pieces album of encores, recorded with pianist Cory Smythe. The album features 26 works (and one audition-winning work) commissioned by Hahn from contemporary composers -- among them the piece "Storm of the Eye," by Elliot Sharp, the spring 2015 Inga Maren Otto Music Composition Fellow at the American Academy. »
The American Academy mourns the death of founding chairman Thomas L. Farmer, who passed away in Washington, DC, on Thursday, February 5, at age 91. "We are greatly saddened by Tom Farmer's passing," said the Academy's Acting Chairman, Gahl Hodges Burt. "It is fair to say that without Tom there would be no American Academy in Berlin. He was instrumental not only in garnering support for the Academy, but in creating real enthusiasm for our institution in both Germany and the US. He will be greatly missed." »
On the evening of February 3, the lecture room of the Hans Arnhold Center was bursting at the seams: a huge crowd had come to hear Evgeny Morozov’s Bosch Public Policy lecture, “The Internet of Things: Solutionism at its Worst, or Humanity’s last Savior?” »
The American Academy in Berlin mourns the death of Bundespräsident Richard von Weizsäcker. "Richard von Weizsäcker was one of the great political leaders of our period," Henry A. Kissinger said today, "beyond politics, and an inspiration beyond the nation." Along with Henry Kissinger, Richard Holbrooke, and Thomas Farmer, Richard von Weizsäcker was one of the founders of the American Academy in Berlin, and he was a persistent champion of the German-American friendship. »
Daimler Fellow and Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University Bruce Ackerman drew a full house out to the American Academy for the first lecture of the spring 2015 semester, “A General Theory of World Constitutionalism-and the Crisis of the European Union.” Words of welcome were extended to the buzzing room of trustees, scholars, journalists, students and friends of the Academy from American Academy Co-Chair and trustee, Christine I. »