The John Adams Institute

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Matthew Desmond

Poverty, by America

“Are we—we the secure, the insured, the housed, the college educated, the lucky—connected to all this needless suffering? This is a book about poverty that is not just about the poor. Instead, it’s a book about how some lives are made small so that others may grow.” Pulitzer Prize winning sociologist Matthew Desmond’s work on …...

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USA Trivia Night

How much do you know about America?

Who was the 6th president of the United States? Who performed the halftime show at the Superbowl this year? And when we speak of the Trail of Tears, what precisely are we referring to? Break out your atlases, history books and encyclopedias! Dust off your knowledge of American music, popular culture, history and current events! …...

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Nikole Hannah-Jones: 1619

A New American Origin Story

“In August of 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the English colony of Virginia. America was not yet America, but this was the moment it began.” Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones has devoted her career to exposing systemic and institutional racism in the United States. Chief among her …...

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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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American culture in the Netherlands

TV Adaption of Hallberg's 'City of Fire'

 A new TV adaptation of the celebrated novel City of Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg moves the story from the 1970s to the post-9/11 era.  Available on Apple+ from May 12th. Hallberg  visited the John Adams in 2016.

Exhibition 'Luther and the World'

The ‘Luther and the World’ exhibition at The Lutheran Museum in Amsterdam tells the stories of Dutch Lutherans and their international relations. About the struggle for a private minister in New Amsterdam in the 17th century, for example. On view from 11 May-24 September 2023.

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John Adams