Our personal interests at the John Adams reflect the breadth of our institute’s scope. Event coordinator Orli Austen lived for more than 5 years in New York and Washington and has worked in the field of literature for over a decade. Program director Maarten van Essen has also lived in the U.S. and keeps abreast of news, trends, and authors in both Dutch and American literature. Director Tracy Metz is fascinated by cities, new technology and issues surrounding the decisions we as mankind and citydwellers make about the way we use the space around us.