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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.

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” and the earliest-known queer activist in the United States....

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ONLINE: Holtzbrinck Lecture

William Dorsey Swann, Queen of Drag: Uncovering America’s Black Queer History

Channing Joseph tells the story of William Dorsey Swann, a formerly enslaved Black man who became the earliest-known self-described drag queen....

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ONLINE: John P. Birkelund Lecture

Seeing, Sensing, Feeling: Sexual Subjects, Precarious Lives

Juana María Rodríguez asks: How do representational forms shape the subjective experiences of the life stories we are consuming?...

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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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