Upcoming speakers

Our evenings combine a lecture or reading by the invited guest and a discussion on stage with our specially selected moderator. Add in questions from the audience and we can promise a fascinating and lively discussion! Our events are hosted at various locations in Amsterdam. Check each event announcement for location.

Jill Lepore: These Truths

   |   A John Adams & Fulbright Event

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Oct 16, 2019, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm,   Aula UvA, Spui/Singel 411, Amsterdam
2019-10-16 20:00:00 2019-10-16 22:00:00 Europe/Amsterdam Jill Lepore: These Truths (The John Adams Institute) A John Adams & Fulbright Event Aula UvA, Spui/Singel 411, Amsterdam The John Adams Institute info@john-adams.nl
Three truths, no more and no less: political equality, natural rights, and sovereignty of the people. According to Thomas Jefferson, these truths were the foundation on which the American experiment rested. Most Americans recognize his words in the Declaration of Independence: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal." How apt, then, that Jill Lepore chose these words as the title of her brilliant new book: These Truths - A History of the United States. Lepore, staff writer ...
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Dina Nayeri

   |   The Ungrateful Refugee

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Nov 04, 2019, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm,   Singelkerk, Singel 452, Amsterdam
2019-11-04 20:00:00 2019-11-04 22:00:00 Europe/Amsterdam Dina Nayeri (The John Adams Institute) The Ungrateful Refugee Singelkerk, Singel 452, Amsterdam The John Adams Institute info@john-adams.nl
Eternal gratitude. Is that what is expected from a refugee? How long can you stay grateful, and how do you show your gratitude? And if you do not show your gratitude, will you be sent back to… well, to where? In The Ungrateful Refugee (translated by Susan Ridder into De ondankbare vluchteling for Volt Publishers), Dina Nayeri – herself a refugee from Iran - uses her first work of nonfiction to acquaint readers with the pain and horrors refugees face – not only before, but also after they settle ...
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Joseph Stiglitz

   |   People, Power, and Profits

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Nov 15, 2019, 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm,   DeLaMar Theater, Marnixstraat 402, Amsterdam
2019-11-15 20:30:00 2019-11-15 22:30:00 Europe/Amsterdam Joseph Stiglitz (The John Adams Institute) People, Power, and Profits DeLaMar Theater, Marnixstraat 402, Amsterdam The John Adams Institute info@john-adams.nl
Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz is returning to the John Adams to discuss his important new book People, Power, and Profits (translated into Winst voor iedereen, by Arian Verheij and Huub Stegeman for Athenaeum), about the dangers of free market fundamentalism and the many economic challenges America is facing. In this book, Stiglitz explains how the benefits of globalization have accrued to a small minority and how politics prioritize the interests of business and ...
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George Packer

   |   Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century

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Nov 20, 2019, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm,   De Duif, Prinsengracht 756, Amsterdam
2019-11-20 20:00:00 2019-11-20 22:00:00 Europe/Amsterdam George Packer (The John Adams Institute) Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century De Duif, Prinsengracht 756, Amsterdam The John Adams Institute info@john-adams.nl
Arrogant, self-absorbed, even brutal – yes. But also sentimental and sometimes compassionate. Endearing? Not so much. Brilliant? Absolutely. Above all, Richard Holbrooke was ambitious – and he embodied much of the character of American foreign policy in the latter half of the 20th century. George Packer, one of America’s most renowned authors and winner of the 2013 National Book Award for The Unwinding, is returning to the John Adams Institute to discuss his new biography: Our Man: Richard Holbrooke ...
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Megan Twohey

   |   She Said

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Dec 03, 2019, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm,   Aula UvA, Spui/Singel 411, Amsterdam
2019-12-03 20:00:00 2019-12-03 22:00:00 Europe/Amsterdam Megan Twohey (The John Adams Institute) She Said Aula UvA, Spui/Singel 411, Amsterdam The John Adams Institute info@john-adams.nl
The most explosive book of this year is without a doubt She Said: Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor’s book about their wide-ranging investigation into Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual predation. It has already been labeled a “feminist All the President’s Men”. Megan Twohey will take the John Adams stage to discuss her Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting about this investigation. It focuses not solely on the person of Harvey Weinstein himself, but even more on the systems that enable this kind of abuse. How can ...
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