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06 Jun 17

Beyond the Lecture: Jill Abramson

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.

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01 Jun 17

National Security at Risk – Order and Disorder in the Atlantic Space

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.

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23 May 17

Protecting and Preserving Quality News and Information

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.

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04 May 17

Science and the Romantic Vision in Early Nineteenth-Century Opera

Musicologist Mark Pottinger illuminates the artistic goals of early nineteenth-century opera and the character of Romantic-era science.

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03 May 17

Mendelssohn, Kant, and Freedom of Religion

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.

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29 Apr 17

An Afternoon with Kerry James Marshall

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.

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27 Apr 17

Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters

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.

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26 Apr 17

Celebrating Kerry James Marshall and the Inaugural Max Beckmann Distinguished Visitorship

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.

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24 Apr 17

Fellow Spotlight (Audio): Wendy Hui Kyong Chun

Media theorist Wendy Hui Kyong Chun is working on a monograph and a series of digital projects entitled “Discriminating Data," in which she investigates the persistence and transformation of categories of race, gender, class, and sexuality in the era of network analytics.

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22 Mar 17

Fellow Spotlight: Mark Pottinger

Musicologist Mark Pottinger examines the role of the natural sciences in the definition of the supernatural in early Romantic opera in France, Germany, and Italy. More specifically, on the friendship and collaboration between Giacomo Meyerbeer and Alexander von Humboldt.

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