“Let us tenderly and kindly cherish therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak and write.”
John Adams

Dialogues brings together people who are passionate about the world around them: big ideas, important political and cultural developments, and how these affect the world we live in. It is based on one of two formats: “Dialogues on” a specific book, film, article, or other media topic, and “Dialogues with” an invited guest to help us delve deeply into a topic. 

2024 Winter/Spring Calendar


Topic What
Tuesday 12 March 2024

The quest for authenticity on social media Podcast: “The Influencer Industry”, with Emily Hund 
Tuesday 9 April 2024 Can democracy and its institutions withstand digital manipulation?  Documentary:The Great Hack” (Netflix) 
Tuesday 7 May 2024 The poetics of politics and identity in America Book: American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin, Terrance Hayes 
Tuesday 11 June 2024 Popular culture and the pan-African movement  Presentation:On Beyonce’s visual albums”, by Rajae el Morabet Belhaj

Members gain access to all sessions, receive discounts on John Adams public events, and can purchase books with a discount from our partner, Athenaeum Boekhandel. Memberships are valid for a cultural season (September through June). We offer tiered pricing:

  • Regular Member: €60
  • Young Professional (under the age of 35): €45
  • Student Member: €25

Format and Location

Dialogues meetings are held monthly at the John Adams Institute (Herenmarkt 95A) from 6:30pm-8:00pm, with breaks in December, January, July and August.

Join our Dialogues Coordinator Jay O’Connor as we dive into texts and other media to delve into the topic at hand.


  • Purchase English language books online from our partners at Athenaeum Bookstore with a 10% discount.
  • Dialogues members can purchase tickets to JAI events for the member discount (max. 2 per event).
  • Bring a friend for a drop-in session. Register your guest in advance with our Coordinator.


To register or for more information please contact dialogues@john-adams.nl. Members have access to our Signal community group.

Past Events

  • 12 September  Dialogues on Rachel Aviv’s ‘Strangers to Ourselves’: This session took Aviv’s journalistic and biographical account as a starting point to dive into the world of mental health diagnosis in our modern society.
  • 17 October – Dialogues with America journalist Laila Frank: we discussed the role of media outlets in forming public opion, and its effects on society in general and American society in specific.
  •  28 November – Dialogues with Miriam Toews: an in-person discussion at the live John Adams event with Miriam Toews where we discussed the author’s work and comments.