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