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.

Colson Whitehead – Sold Out

   |   The Underground Railroad
Dec 06, 2017, 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm,   De Rode Hoed, Keizersgracht 102, Amsterdam
2017-12-06 20:00:00 2017-12-06 21:30:00 Europe/Amsterdam Colson Whitehead – Sold Out (The John Adams Institute) The Underground Railroad De Rode Hoed, Keizersgracht 102, Amsterdam The John Adams Institute info@john-adams.nl
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/93/Colson_whitehead_2009.jpg/200px-Colson_whitehead_2009.jpgColson Whitehead is the biggest literary sensation of this decade. He was the first author since Annie Proulx to win both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for his novel The Underground Railroad (translated as De Ondergrondse Spoorweg by Atlas Contact). Several prominent figures also declared it their favorite novel, including President Obama. Written with “deadpan virtuosity ... Read more


Amsterdam Stories

   |   Rob Rombout and Rogier van Eck
Dec 11, 2017, 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm,   De Balie, Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 10
2017-12-11 20:00:00 2017-12-11 21:30:00 Europe/Amsterdam Amsterdam Stories (The John Adams Institute) Rob Rombout and Rogier van Eck De Balie, Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 10 The John Adams Institute info@john-adams.nl

Have the Netherlands left a mark on the US? Come find out on December 11th, when the Belgian filmmakers Rob Rombout and Rogier van Eck show a compilation of their road movie in which they take you all across the continent to visit all the American places named Amsterdam. On their journey through cities, towns, streets and parishes they go in search of those experiences and smalltown stories that reveal an untold America. In each Amsterdam, we meet key figures who offer a picture of America's past and present ... Read more


Russell Shorto

   |   Revolution Song
Jan 23, 2018, 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm,   Aula UvA, Singel 411 Amsterdam
2018-01-23 20:00:00 2018-01-23 21:30:00 Europe/Amsterdam Russell Shorto (The John Adams Institute) Revolution Song Aula UvA, Singel 411 Amsterdam The John Adams Institute info@john-adams.nl

Bestselling author Russell Shorto returns to the John Adams to discuss his much-anticipated new book Revolution Song. In this narrative, Shorto asks what the American Revolution would have looked like if it were told exclusively through the prism of personal lives. In Revolution Song, Shorto paints an intimate group portrait of six extraordinary figures of the time. Individually, they represent both the radical promise and shocking failure of “freedom.” Together, they reveal the breadth ... Read more


Alex Ross

   |   Adventures in Musical Modernism
Feb 03, 2018, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm,   Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Piet Heinkade 1 Amsterdam
2018-02-03 11:30:00 2018-02-03 13:00:00 Europe/Amsterdam Alex Ross (The John Adams Institute) Adventures in Musical Modernism Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Piet Heinkade 1 Amsterdam The John Adams Institute info@john-adams.nl

The John Adams is partnering with the String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam, which will run from 27 January to 3 February 2018 at the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ. On the last day of the festival, the renowned music critic of The New Yorker, Alex Ross, will give a talk in which he will reflect on some of the most striking moments in string-quartet modernism and examine the more adventurous tendencies in the music of today. Alex Ross is well known for his astonishing history of twentieth-century music, The Rest Is ... Read more


Jennifer Egan

   |   Manhattan Beach
Feb 21, 2018, 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm,   Aula UvA, Singel 411 Amsterdam
2018-02-21 20:00:00 2018-02-21 21:30:00 Europe/Amsterdam Jennifer Egan (The John Adams Institute) Manhattan Beach Aula UvA, Singel 411 Amsterdam The John Adams Institute info@john-adams.nl

We are happy to announce that Jennifer Egan, who won the Pulitzer Prize for her last novel A Visit From the Goon Squad, will take the John Adams stage to discuss her new novel Manhattan Beach. The novel is set during the Depression and World War II and tells the story of an Irish family in Brooklyn. Anna Kerrigan had become the first female diver of the Brooklyn Navy Yard when her father suddenly abandons his family. As Anna begins to infiltrate the mob of New York, she ... Read more