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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.


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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22 Nov 21

ONLINE: Foreign Policy Forum

Merkel’s Legacy

Award-winning journalist and author Kati Marton discusses her new book on Chancellor Angela Merkel....

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24 Nov 21

American Academy Lecture at Freie Universität Berlin

Overcoming the Constitutional Barriers to Economic Equality in the United States

Bertrall Ross discusses the intentional decision by the framers to the US Constitution to politically disempower the poor....

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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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ONLINE: Holtzbrinck Lecture

Tapped Out: What Do We Owe the World’s Coal Regions?

ProPublica reporter Alec MacGillis asks what politics in the age of decarbonization should do about the communities reliant on coal....

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02 Dec 21

ONLINE: Richard von Weizsäcker Lecture

The Origins of Intellectual Property in German Renaissance Art

Shira Brisman argues that sixteenth-century German goldsmith-engravers played a unique role in advancing the metaphor between the creative output of craftsmen and the gatherable resources of the earth...

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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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