American Academy in Berlin

American Academy in Berlin

The American Academy in Berlin was established by Ambassador Richard Holbrooke in 1994 to foster German-American understanding and dialogue.

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Lake view of the American Academy in Berlin / Hans Arnhold Center in Berlin-Wannsee

The American Academy in Berlin

The American Academy in Berlin was founded in 1994 at the initiative of Richard Holbrooke, then the American ambassador to Germany. Independent, nonpartisan, and privately funded, the American Academy in Berlin is committed to sustaining and enhancing the long-term intellectual, cultural, and political ties between the United States and Germany.

Each year, the Academy awards two-dozen semester-long Berlin Prize fellowships to outstanding scholars, writers, and artists from the United States. Fellows, who come from the humanities, social sciences, public policy, and the arts, pursue independent projects in a residential community at the Hans Arnhold Center, a historic villa on Lake Wannsee. They share their work with German colleagues and audiences at lectures, readings, discussions, concerts, and film screenings, which form the core of the Academy’s rich program of public events.

In addition to that, the American Academy hosts Distinguished Visitors—thought-leaders from the United States in public policy, law, business, finance, journalism, the humanities, and the arts. During their visits of a few days to a few weeks, they engage with the public and their professional counterparts in Berlin and throughout Germany.

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