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Attending American Academy Events: Special COVID-19 Policies and Requirements

The health and safety of our fellows, guests, and staff are of utmost importance to us. The American Academy in Berlin meets or exceeds all health requirements and mandates by the Berlin state and German federal governments. The American Academy in Berlin’s COVID-19 policies and requirements regarding event attendance may be found here. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


28 Sep 21

ONLINE: Nina Maria Gorrissen Lecture

Why Did the Uighurs Become Buddhist?

Johan Elverskog explores the Uighurs’ conversion in the larger context of Eurasian geopolitics and the contemporary messianic belief that the end of the Dharma was nigh....

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05 Oct 21
06 Oct 21

Head-to-Head: A Meeting of Inspired Minds

The Constitutional Foundation of Inequality in the United States

Bertrall Ross and Martin Seeleib-Kaiser examine how the framers of the U.S. Constitution to politically disempowered the poor....

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07 Oct 21

U.S. Embassy Literature Series

A Reading from “The Rib King”

A reading and Q&A with novelist Ladee Hubbard, who will read from her most recent novel, The Rib King....

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12 Oct 21

ONLINE: Mary Ellen von der Heyden Reading

The Descendants: A Novel

Ladee Hubbard reads from her novel-in-progress, "The Descendants," and discusses the heart of the matter....

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ONLINE: Head-to-Head: A Meeting of Inspired Minds

America’s Black Queer History

In the 1880s, a formerly enslaved Black American, William Dorsey Swann, became the earliest-known self-described “drag queen."...

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14 Oct 21

ONLINE: American Academy Digital Book Presentation

Cloud Cuckoo Land

Writer Anthony Doerr reads from his new novel, Cloud Cuckoo Land, followed by a Q&A....

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18 Oct 21
21 Oct 21

ONLINE: Airbus Lecture

China Africa Encounters: Historical Legacies and Contemporary Realities

Helen Siu explores the crucial layers of maritime historical connections across Asia....

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25 Oct 21

ONLINE: Berthold Leibinger Lecture

The Fifteenth Amendment and the Constitutionalization of Democratic Self-Governance in the United States

Bertrall Ross traces two centuries of English and American political thought that culminated in the adoption of the Fifteenth Amendment (1869)....

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We hope you enjoyed the American Academy in Berlin’s spring 2021 semester of online lectures, readings, and discussions. If you missed any of these talks or would like to watch them again, please visit our Video/Audio archive.

Please check back in early September for the listing of events taking place during the fall 2021 semester.

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