On this edition of Beyond the Lecture, we sit down with artists Kerry James Marshall and Trenton Doyle Hancock for an extended discussion about painting, collage, and comics. We were lucky to have the two artists in the same place, and at the same time.
On June 20, 2017, the 2017 Henry A. Kissinger Prize was awarded to the German federal minister of finance, Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble. The laudation was delivered by former US secretary of treasury Lawrence H. Summers.
Jill Abramson, former executive editor of the New York Times, sits down with the Academy's Beyond the Lecture series to discuss protecting quality news.
Stephen Hadley, former national security advisor to President George W. Bush, and Christoph Heusgen, chief foreign-policy advisor to the German chancellor, discuss the foundations and challenges to Atlantic security.
In the era of fake news, Jill Abramson, former executive editor of the New York Times and a passionate journalist, outlines why professional journalism must be protected and supported.
Musicologist Mark Pottinger illuminates the artistic goals of early nineteenth-century opera and the character of Romantic-era science.
The Enlightenment philosophers Moses Mendelssohn and Immanuel Kant were strong defenders of religious liberty; the state had no right to establish a preferred religious belief or practice. In this lecture, philosopher Paul Guyer defends of Mendelssohn against Kant on some of the finer points.
Artist Kerry James Marshall, the American Academy's inaugural Max Beckmann Distinguished Visitor, sat down on the afternoon of Saturday, April 29, 2017, with Chris Dercon, former director of the Tate Modern, to discuss Marshall’s art and its impact. The event was held at villa Grisebach, which was exhibiting two of Beckmann's recent paintings.
Historian Kate Brown explains that Cold War "plutopias" were successful because they appeared to deliver the promises of the American Dream and Soviet Communism. In reality, they concealed monumental radioactive disasters that remain highly unstable and threatening to this day.
On the evening of April 26, 2017, the American Academy in Berlin celebrated the inauguration of the Max Beckmann Distinguished Visitorship and its first recipient, Kerry James Marshall, who delivered a lecture about his incredible forty-year career.