American Culture and literature
  The John Adams Institute is the center for American culture in Amsterdam. We are an independent, nonprofit foundation dedicated to presenting some of the most compelling speakers in the world to European audiences. JAI lecture
From poetry to political debate, film to finance, hyperpower hegemony to hip-hop hype, each of our events lights up a different part of the endlessly complex, constantly shifting cultural landscape of the U.S.A.

Past Guests VIDEOS
- Shelby Steele (October 5th 2008)

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  The Island 2009
A digital-historical adventure about the relationship between New York and Amsterdam.

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  The Quincy Club
Our activities for high school students.

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  LAST GUEST: 20 November 2008
Dexter Filkins

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Upcoming lectures:
14 Dec. 2008    Chip Taylor
30 Jan. 2009    Malcolm Gladwell
10 Feb. 2009    Stewart O'Nan
11 Feb. 2009    Michael Pollan


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The West Indisch Huis

West-Indisch HuisTwo great institutions owe their existence to Amsterdam's historic West Indisch Huis - the city of New York and the John Adams Institute!
It was here in the headquarters of the Dutch West Indisch Huis that two irreversible decisions came to pass: the establishment of a Dutch trading base in the New World on the island of Manhattan and, centuries later, the creation of an institution dedicated to transatlantic cultural exchange.
After stints as an orphanage, retirement home and warehouse, the West Indisch Huis was renovated in the 1980s, when it became the home and symbol of our newly founded institute.

John Adams

West-Indisch HuisJohn Adams was co-author of the Declaration of Independence, the first ambassador to the Netherlands, the second US president - inaugurated in 1797, and a great lover of culture and scholarship. A cultured man, an ardent reader, and a book collector, Adams laid an enduring foundation for Dutch-American friendship by signing the Treaty of Amity and Trust with the Dutch in 1782 and securing a loan of 5 million guilders from Amsterdam merchants and bankers to help fund his fledgling nation.

Keizersgracht 529

Before being elected the second President of the United States, Adams resided in the Netherlands from 1780-1782 as an envoy and advocate for the American colonies, which were then waging a brutal war for independence against the British. Living in the heart of the city of Amsterdam, at Keizersgracht 529, he actively sought contact with the social-economic elite, befriending bankers, politicians, and other influential persons who could help contribute to support the fledgling republic. The long history of friendship between America and the Netherlands was cemented by Adams and the Netherlands became the second country in the world, after France, to recognize America's independence.

John Adams's biography
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Massachusetts Historical Society
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