April 04, 2018
Keith David Watenpaugh is Professor and Director of Human Rights Studies at the University of California, Davis. Since 2013, he has directed a multi-disciplinary international research program to assist refugee university students and scholars fleeing the war in Syria. He’s leading an effort to expand refugee access to higher education through something called the Article 26 Backpack project, supported by the Ford Foundation, which helps refugee students digitally store their academic credentials.
On February 27, 2018, Watenpaugh was at the American Academy as a Richard von Weizsaecker Distinguished Visitor, to deliver a talk about the marriage of his academic work, as a renowned historian of the Middle East, and as a person who cares deeply about the plight of people fleeing war. He sat down with American Academy president Michael Steinberg to discuss his work
March 14. 2018
David Miliband, a former British foreign minister, has been the president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee since 2013. He's the author of a new book about the global migration crisis, Rescue: Refugees and the Political Crisis of Our Time (Simon & Schuster/TED Books). We sat down with him to discuss the challenges facing the 65 million worldwide refugees, the challenges facing the nations that are taking them in, and the state of the international liberal order.
March 8, 2018
We sat down with Chollet, the German Marshall Fund executive vice president and senior advisor to security and defense policy, to discuss the most salient issues facing US security, the state of the transatlantic relationship, and one of his mentors and former bosses, Academy founder Richard Holbrooke.
January 9, 2018
Nicholas Eberstadt on North Korea
Is it realistic to expect a diplomatic solution to North Korea’s nuclear threat? Political scientist Nicholas Eberstadt assesses the situation.
December 18, 2017
Charles Taylor on Democratic Degeneration
Philosopher Charles Taylor identifies three degenerative tendencies that routinely plague modern democracies. He concludes that we’re experiencing all three of them right now. How can we reverse the decline?
November 16, 2017
Political scientist Nicholas Eberstadt addresses an overlooked crisis in his latest book: the radical rise in unemployment for American men over the past half-century.
October 16, 2017
What remains of the postwar order under President Trump? New York Times columnist Roger Cohen analyses the current political situation in the US and Europe and affirms the need to stand up for liberal values and decency.
July 27 2017
In this rare encounter between two outstanding American artists, Trenton Doyle Hancock meets one of his artistic inspirations, Kerry James Marshall, for an extended discussion about painting, collage, and comics.