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17 Feb 17

Music and the Globalization of Culture

Historian Harry Liebersohn explores the globalization of culture as exemplified by music. He argues that technological innovations of the early twentieth century dramatically expanded music’s horizons by making global developments accessible to both producers and consumers for the first time.

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16 Feb 17

Reporting Human Rights: The Middle East during the Trump Administration

Janine di Giovanni, Middle East Editor of Newsweek and contributing editor of Vanity Fair, explores what is in store for the region under the Trump administration.

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14 Feb 17

Fellow Spotlight: Trenton Doyle Hancock

Texas-based artist Trenton Doyle Hancock’s intricate candy-colored prints, drawings, collaged-felt paintings, and site-specific installations work together to tell the story of the “Mounds”—bizarre mythical creatures that are the tragic protagonists of his unfolding narrative between good and evil.

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06 Feb 17

Fellow Spotlight: Aili Mari Tripp

For decades, it seemed that women’s rights in the Middle East and North Africa had fallen permanently behind other world regions. Today, that picture is rapidly changing. Political scientist Aili Mari Tripp explores the reasons for advancing women's rights in the Maghreb.

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01 Feb 17

Christian Existentialism and a Jewish Life: The Worlds of Erich Auerbach

Jane O. Newman traces literary critic Erich Auerbach’s dialogue with these strands of thought and their European context, shedding additional light on Auerbach’s identity as an engaged intellectual in difficult times.

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01 Feb 17

Fellow Spotlight: Virág Molnár

Hungary was the most liberal country of the former Eastern Bloc in the 1990s; today, it is the most right-wing populist regime in the European Union. What is the role of radical nationalist civil society organizations in the reconstitution of national identity in postsocialist Hungary?

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30 Jan 17

Fellow Spotlight: Jane O. Newman

Jane O. Newman is Professor of Comparative Literature and European Languages and Studies at the University of California, Irvine. At the Academy, she is finishing her book on the German-Jewish scholar Erich Auerbach (1892-1957), titled “Auerbach’s Worlds.”

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28 Jan 17

Fellow Spotlight: Thessia Machado

Sound artist Thessia Machado, the spring 2017 semester's Inga Maren Otto Fellow in Music Composition, performs electronic and electro-acoustic experimental music with hand-made and modified instruments. Her project is entitled "Mining the Unsound."

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27 Jan 17

Mining the Unsound

In this lecture and demonstration, New York-based sound and visual artist Thessia Machado (Inga Maren Otto Fellow in Music Composition) offers an exploration of the emergence of sound in her artistic practice.

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26 Jan 17

True Believer: Stalin’s Last American Spy

At a time when Russia is alleged to have manipulated the recent US Presidential elections, Kati Marton returns to the American Academy to present her latest book, True Believer (Simon & Schuster, 2016), about intervention by Moscow in the highest reaches of the US government.

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