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18 Sep 14

Presentation of the Fall 2014 Fellows

The American Academy in Berlin welcomed its thirty-third class of fellows at the Hans Arnhold Center on September 18, 2014.

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08 Sep 14

The Zero Marginal Cost Society

In his book The Zero Marginal Cost Society (Campus, 2014), social theorist Jeremy Rifkin argues that capitalism is becoming a victim of its own success: machines powered by alternative energies are undermining our sense of private property, taking away jobs, and turning consumers into free agents in a global “sharing economy.”

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06 Jun 14

Germany and the Euro: The Revenge of Helmut Schmidt

C. Fred Bergsten argues that Germany has an overwhelming number of reasons to make sure the euro succeeds, and that the Eurozone holds together through the crisis.

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22 May 14

Noir et Moi, or Finally Getting It Right

Jules Feiffer’s graphic novel Kill My Mother (W.W. Norton, August 2014), reaches back to his first obsessions, and it launches him into a form of graphic expression he says he was unable to find until the age of 80

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15 May 14

Dissident Gardens

Writer Jonathan Lethem reads from sections of his highly-acclaimed novel Dissident Gardens, depicting Miriam Zimmer as a teenager and after first making contact with her estranged father.

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15 May 14

My Beloved World

United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor talks about her journey from social housing in the Bronx to the bench of the United States Supreme Court.

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08 May 14

The Unwinding

New Yorker staff writer and spring 2014 fellow George Packer reads from his National Book Award-winning account of American change over the last fifty years, The Unwinding.

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06 May 14

Secular Individualism and Religious Communities

George Rupp, former president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, examines the tension between traditional religious conviction and modern secular individualism.

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24 Apr 14

Criticism in the Expanded Field

Robert Smith, the co-chief art critic of the New York Times and, Isabelle Graw, the founding editor of Texte zur Kunst and a professor of art history and theory at Berlin’s Hochschule für Bildende Kunst, discuss the role and purpose of art criticism.

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09 Apr 14

Making Sense of Security in the Cyber Age

Jane Holl Lute, former deputy secretary for the US Department of Homeland Security, examines the social effects of global technological connectivity and ask what it means to speak today of personal privacy or personally identifiable information.

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