The John Adams Institute

Welcoming the best and brightest of American thinking

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American Sonnets for my Past and Future Assassin

Poetics and Politics with Award-Winning Poet Terrance Hayes

I lock you in an American sonnet that is part prison, / Part panic closet, in a little room in a house set aflame … I lock your persona in a dream-inducing sleeper hold / While your better selves watch from the bleachers.  In 70 poems bearing the same title, Terrance Hayes explores the meanings …...

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Tiya Miles: All That She Carried

The remarkable history of Ashley’s Sack

“In a display case in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture sits a rough cotton bag. “Ashley’s Sack” is embroidered with a handful of words that evoke a sweeping family story of loss and love passed down through the generations.”  In South Carolina in the 1850s, an enslaved woman named Rose …...

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USA Trivia Night

brought to you by the Young Minds Network

What is General Sherman, and in which national park could you find it? What American football team does Taylor Swift’s latest boyfriend play for? And what was the role of a conductor in the Underground Railroad? Break out your atlases, history books and encyclopedias! It’s time to dust of your knowledge of American music, popular …...

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The New Anthology

The New Anthology is a community-led, multi-year project that gives new voice to aspects of our shared Dutch-American history by connecting stories and perspectives that have often been overlooked or purposefully ignored. Visit the online collection to find out more!

Get acquainted with the John Adams by watching recordings of our lectures or listening to our podcast ‘Bright Minds’.

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About The John Adams Institute

The John Adams Institute provides an independent podium for American culture in the Netherlands. For three decades, we have brought the best and the brightest of American thinking from the fields of literature, politics, history, and technology.

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Performance: 'I, Between Baldwin and the World'

James Baldwin (1924–1987) was a well-known American writer and American civil rights activist, known for his Black and gay identity. Inspired by Baldwin’s fiction and essays, artist J.G. Basdew has curated a selection of his stories, challenging audiences to introspection. The question they are encouraged to ask themselves during this performance is: do you show your true self to the world? June 7th at the Nationale Opera & Ballet in Amsterdam.

The John Adams is hiring!

The John Adams Institute is growing. We are looking for an Outreach & Production Assistant to join our team part-time from 1 September. It’s a multifaceted position with room to grow and put your own spin on our exciting range of programs and activities. Our ideal candidate is a motivated go-getter as well as a thoughtful team player, and a master of community and time management. Does this sound like you? Click here for more info and to find out how to apply (deadline June 1st).

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John Adams