In "Performing Scholasticism: Ars Disputandi and the Medieval Public Sphere," Alex Novikoff breathes new life into the world of scholastic discourse and argues that the world of university debates is a good deal more live and entertaining than has been assumed.
Charles Häberl examines the potential geographical locations of “Inner Harran” and evaluates them in light of existing sources on the oral and written geographies of the historical Mandæan region.
In her Academy project, “Per capitularios nostros," Jennifer Davis turns her attention to the invention of the capitularies, a form of royal law created by the Merovingian Franks.
Mary Ann Doane examines the concept of scale and its increasing centrality to analysis of the work of the image in contemporary culture.
Historian Rebecca Boehling researches Western Allies’ approaches to the process of undoing Nazi influences in postwar German society, examining the divergent theories behind denazification and how they were implemented
In this lecture, Nobel-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz offers insights and arguments from his latest book, The Euro: How a Common Currency Threatens the Future of Europe (2016). Although the euro was hailed by its architects as a lever that would bring Europe together and promote prosperity, it has actually, Stiglitz argues, done the opposite: promoted divergence rather than convergence.
Esra Akcan's September 22, 2016 lecture at the American Academy defines "openness" as a foundational modern value albeit prone to contradictions, and open architecture as the translation of the ethics of hospitality into architecture. It particularly focuses on a single street corner in Berlin, at Checkpoint Charlie.
Artist Daniel Joseph Martinez’s practice takes the form of photography, painting, site-specific installation, printed works, performance, and public interventions to question issues of personal and collective identity, vision and visuality, and the fissures formed between the appearance and the perception of difference.
Timothy Brown, a Bosch Public Policy Fellow at the Academy in fall 2016, focuses on twentieth-century German and transatlantic political and cultural history, radical mass movements and the revolts of 1968, popular music and youth subcultures, and environmental politics.
Historian Alex Novikoff teaches medieval history at Fordham University. His research simultaneously embraces the scholastic culture of the High Middle Ages, Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations, and the many interconnections between pedagogy and performance practice.