With a hint of nostalgia, Princeton literary scholar Barbara Nagel looks back to early theories of flirtation in Critical Theory and German realism to trace the literary–historical emergence of what she terms a “terror of flirtation.”
Philosopher Michael Sandel argues that before mainstream parties can hope to win back public support, they should learn from the populist protest that has displaced them.
Writer Carole Maso discusses her war-inflected novel-in-progress, The Bay of Angels.
Keith David Watenpaugh, director of Human Rights Studies at the University of California, Davis, speaks with American Academy president Michael Steinberg.
Cold War historian Christian Ostermann, of the Woodrow Wilson Center, is working on a biography of Markus Wolf (1923-2006), the longtime foreign intelligence chief of the German Democratic Republic.
Historian Paul Reitter is reconstructing several intellectual crises within the humanities in nineteenth-century Germany.
Historian Andrew Hicks seeks to reframe the history of medieval Persian musical culture by focusing on poetic imagery, artistic visualizations, and metaphors of music.
Yale political scientist Ian Shapiro on how some forms of democratic political competition can fragment voters into blocs, impeding the adoption of long-term, overarching policies.
Business historian Adam Tooze says it is not too early to write the broader history of the 2008 global crisis, which many have identified as an epochal break in the post-Cold War era.
Artist Ran Ortner discusses his personal history of racing motorcycles and surfing, and how they inform his artistic practice.