January 15, 2019

New Yorker staff writer Masha Gessen was at the American Academy in late November to talk about her most recent book, The Future Is History. In this podcast, she discusses Russia, cynicism, doublethink, and the imaginative powers of democracy with fall 2018 Academy fellow Joshua Yaffa, the Moscow correspondent for the New Yorker.

October 23, 2018

Political philosopher Michael Sandel was at the American Academy in spring 2018 to deliver a lecture entitled “Populism, Trump, and the Future of Democracy.” We sat down with him to gauge his thoughts on where democracy was headed, what he thought was missing from public discourse, and what he believes gave rise to populist nationalism.

August 28, 2018

Linda Greenhouse reported on the Supreme Court for the New York Times for the past thirty years. Currently a journalist in residence at the Yale Law School, and president of the American Philosophical Society, Greenhouse was at the Academy in May 2018 to deliver the Lloyd Cutler Lecture, entitled “Can the Supreme Court Save the United States.” We sat down with her to ask a few questions about cases facing the Supreme Court, journalist interactions with justices, and the challenges of the Court during the Trump administration.

May 22, 2018

Tricia Rose is a professor of Africana Studies and director of the Center of the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Brown University, and a frequent commentator in American media and on college campuses about the state of race in America.

A few hours before her April 24, 2018 Marcus Bierich lecture at the American Academy, we sat down with Rose to ask her what is going on with race in America now, about the harmfulness of "colorblindness" among well-meaning whites, and how social media is both helping and hindering our understanding of how race works.

April 25, 2018

Adam Tooze is professor of history and director of the European Institute at Columbia University. A specialist in twentieth-century German economic history, he was at the Academy on March 13, 2018, to deliver this semester’s Marcus Bierich Lecture, “The 2008 Global Crisis: Approaches to a Future History.” This is also the subject of his forthcoming book, Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World (Viking, August 2018).

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

Nicholas Eberstadt on Men without Work

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

Roger Cohen on Trump and the Postwar Order

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

Kerry James Marshall and Trenton Doyle Hancock

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.

Beyond the Lecture is a podcast series by the American Academy in Berlin, an organization committed to sustaining and enhancing the long-term intellectual, cultural, and political ties between the United States and Germany.