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.
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.
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.
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.
The Arab Awakening in Its Fourth Year – Where is the Middle East Headed?
Ambassador Frank G. Wisner addresses the revolutionary changes that have swept the Middle East since 2010, considering, too, the origins of the crisis and the ongoing "situations" in Egypt and Syria.
Rethinking American National Security
The biggest threat to America's national security comes not from abroad but from within, argues Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass, a Lloyd Cutler Distinguished Visitor at the American Academy in Berlin in Spring 2014.
Elvis’s Army: Creating the Atomic Soldier in the 1950s
When Elvis Presley joined the US Army in 1958 it was an international event. Historian Brian Linn asks, What kind of army did Elvis join? What was its mission? How did it prepare for war? Why was it so fascinated with technology?
The Unheard Story of David and Goliath
A reading and lecture with New Yorker staff writer Malcom Gladwell at Dussmann das KulturKaufhaus from his book, The Unheard Story of David and Goliath, which uncovers the hidden rules that shape the balance between the weak and the mighty, the powerful and the dispossessed.
The Global Refugee Crisis
On February 5, 2016, the Foreign Policy program at The Brookings Institution hosted the American Academy in Berlin for the 2016 Richard C. Holbrooke Forum for a two-part public event focusing on the global refugee crisis. This public event took place at the close of a four-day workshop entitled “The Global Migration Crisis: Its Challenges to the United States, Europe and Global Order,” with a select group of legal and policy experts from around the world.