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02 Nov 15

The Possibility of Social Progress

In this lecture, philosopher Philip Kitcher explores the concept of social progress by proposing that we should think of progress pragmatically -- a did John Dewey -- in terms of overcoming problems rather than as directed towards some ideal state.

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28 Oct 15

Gay Berlin, Birthplace of a Modern Identity

In this lecture, Robert Beachy presents the broad argument from his book Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity (published in November 2014 and in German translation last June). He argues that German legal reformers and medical doctors invented a new language to describe an “essentialist” sexual identity that helped to shape Berlin’s community of sexual minorities, both before and after the First World War.

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27 Oct 15

Building between Worlds: The Spaces of Yugoslavia’s Socialist Globalization

For Yugoslavia, the Cold War period was a decisive moment of world-wide expansion in its political, economic, cultural relations -- and its architecture.

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24 Oct 15

The South and the Federal Income Tax

Historian Robin Einhorn discusses the big story about taxation in American history: the redistribution from the South to the Northeast, through the nineteenth-century tariff, and then from the Northeast to the South, through the twentieth-century income tax.

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23 Oct 15

A Global History of Health

In this lecture, "A Global History of Health: Reconstructing Humankind’s Encounters with Infectious Diseases," historian Monica Green addresses the need for a narrative of global health that encompasses every continent, across time, and includes all major infectious diseases.

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21 Oct 15

France and Its Rivers

Historian Michael Miller uses French waterways to propose a different framework for exploring the intersection of French geography, history, and identity.

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13 Oct 15

Policies to Decarbonize the Economy

CEO of Energy Innovation, Hal Harvey, examines how decarbonization trends and new technologies indicate that we can arrive at a reasonable climate future with very modest costs and profound benefits.

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28 Sep 15

Mary Cappello: Of Mood, An Atmospheric Reading

Writer Mary Cappello presented a multi-modal reading drawn from her new writing on “mood”— a suite of lyric essays and experimental prose that allows for mood’s mercurial nature and gives free play to mood’s pre-conscious origins.

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19 Sep 15

Denk ich an Deutschland: The World Out of Joint

On September 18, 2015, Gerhard Casper, the acting president of the American Academy in Berlin, joined a panel discussion on the United States and Russia.

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23 Jun 15

Text Destruction in the Ancient World

In this lecture, Anna-Maria Kellen Fellow Nathanial Levtow examines the phenomenon of text destruction from the beginning of writing to the formation of the Bible.

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