The John Adams Institute

Welcoming the best and brightest of American thinking

Upcoming events

Back to the Wild West with Kenneth Manusama

Rights, Racism and Religion

On Super Tuesday, the most important day of the American primaries, the John Adams Institute is doing a deep dive into the weaknesses and instabilities of America’s democratic system. As November’s elections loom, legal, racial, and religious controversies are already stretching the country to a breaking point. Yes, of course there will be plenty of …...

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Emily Hund: The Influencer Industry

The Quest for Authenticity on Social Media

At the beginning of the new millennium, the social landscape was bleak. Financial crisis, growing distrust in America’s own social institutions, and widespread unrest on the global stage. From this bleak landscape emerged a new figure: the social media influencer—bloggers, vloggers, and online hucksters—who, in the grand tradition of American entrepreneurship, needed only a screen, …...

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Jennifer Carlson: Democracy by Bullet?

Merchants of the Right: Gun Sellers and the Crisis of American Democracy

Gun sellers aren’t just merchants of guns but are also agents of conservative politics and ideals. That’s because gun sales in America aren’t only an economic exchange, but also a cultural one, with serious implications for society at large. In Merchants of the Right: Gun Sellers and the Crisis of American Democracy, Jennifer Carlson’s warning …...

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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.


Book Club, Young Minds and Banned Books

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American culture in the Netherlands

Exhibition: David Leventhal at H'ART Museum

H’ART Museum’s new collaboration with the Smithsonian American Art Museum will be celebrated with an exhibition by American photographer David Levinthal. American Myth and Memory: David Levinthal Photographs shows photographs explores the cultural prominence of quintessential American subjects and the influence of mass media in mythologizing them. From November 2024 – March 2025.

'Stars & Stripes' concert by Stedelijk Harmonie Caecilia

On March 23rd, Stedelijk Harmonie Caecilia will perform a ‘Stars and Stripes’ concert at the Sociëteit Concordia in Gouda. The program is inspired by the musical landscape of the US, each piece having a deep connection with America’s diverse musical heritage. For more info and tickets, click here.

‘Go on and improve in everything worthy.’

John Adams