Rice University historian Ussama Makdisi is working on a book about the history of coexistence and sectarianism in the modern Middle East.
Raven Chacon discusses his body of work, which explores the sounds of acoustic handmade instruments overdriven through electric systems, and the direct and indirect audio-feedback responses from their interactions.
Historian Amy Remensnyder, of Brown University, is working on a microhistory of the tiny Mediterranean island of Lampedusa.
Raven Chacon is a composer of chamber music, performer of experimental noise music, and installation artist.
The spring 2018 class of fellows present themselves and their projects while in residence at the Hans Arnold Center. Words of welcome by Michael P. Sternberg, president of the American Academy in Berlin, and welcoming remarks by Stephan-Andreas Casdorff, editor-in-chief of Der Tagesspiegel.
Nicholas Eberstadt discusses North Korea's reclusive regime, its supporting agents, and its recent relations with the US, Iran, and China.
A discussion between American Academy Distinguished Visitor Charles Taylor and Academy fellow Dilip Gaonkar about democracy's decline.
Author and journalist Kati Marton discusses her latest work-in-progress: a biography of Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Writer Thomas Chatterton Williams presents his work-in-progress, “Self-Portrait of an Ex-Black Man.”
Philosopher Charles Taylor, the Academy's fall 2017 Fritz Stern Lecturer, on how the meaning of democracy has changed over the past two centuries—and how it's faring now.