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09 Feb 16

World Ornament: Adornment on a Global Scale

Architectural historian Spyros Papapetros’s lecture focuses on the theorization of bodily adornment by Emil Selenka, renowned evolutionist and anthropologist, and his wife, Lenore Selenka, a prominent feminist, pacifist, zoologist, and amateur anthropologist.

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04 Feb 16

Fellow Spotlight: Michèle Lowrie

Classicist Michèle Lowrie’s current research concerns Roman political thought and its reception, including projects on exemplary thinking, civil war, and transformations in the public sphere. In her Academy project, Lowrie explores the Roman sources of concepts that are key to post-9/11 concerns about “national security” and “emergency.”

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01 Feb 16

Fellow Spotlight: Spyros Papapetros

Spyros Papapetros’ project “World Ornament” examines bodily and architectural adornment in the work of the German architect Gottfried Semper (1803-1879), who understood ornament as a means of attuning humans with the cosmos.

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02 Jan 16

Winter 2016 Berlin Journal on NPR Berlin

Interviews with writer and Holtzbrinck Fellow Mary Cappello, medical historian and Anna-Maria Kellen Fellow Monica Green, historian and Siemens Fellow Robin Einhorn and writer and Mary Ellen von der Heyden Fellow Anthony Marra.

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11 Dec 15

Nature and Culture in the Kamasutra

University of Chicago Divinity School professor Wendy Doniger, one of the world’s foremost authorities on ancient Indian texts, seeks to restore the Kamasutra to its proper place in the Sanskrit canon.

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03 Dec 15

Capitalism, Temporality, and the Crisis of Labor

Philosopher Moishe Postone seeks to fundamentally rethink the core categories of Marx’s critique of political economy in the fall 2015 Ellen Maria Gorrissen lecture.

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03 Dec 15

The Internet of Things – Solutionism at Its Worst, or Humanity’s Last Savior?

Evgeny Morozov articulates a way to put the Internet of Things to more humane and citizen-focused use.

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19 Nov 15

X-Ray Architecture

Architectural historian Beatriz Colomina discusses how modern architecture, launched by an international group of avant-garde architects in the 1920s, has usually been understood in terms of functional efficiency, new technologies of construction, and the machine aesthetic.

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14 Nov 15

Shame and Shamelessness in the Age of New Media

The New York correspondent of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Andrea Köhler, discusses how shamers can wreak havoc on the lives of those who have offended their values.

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09 Nov 15

Shifting Power Dynamics in the New Digital Age

The founder and director of Google Ideas, Jared Cohen, discusses how from the Great Firewall of China to Russia’s troll armies, from the Syrian Electronic Army to ISIS’s propaganda machine, states and non-state actors are presently using technology to repress people and restrict free expression.

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