Press Releases

PRESS CONTACT: Alexandra Altman, (609) 951-4406

On Friday, May 2Nicola Di Cosmo, Luce Foundation Professor in East Asian Studies in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, will give a public lecture, Climate, Conflict, and Historical Method, at 5:30 p.m. in Wolfensohn Hall. Di Cosmo will discuss how historians can contribute to investigating the relationships between climate change, ecology and human activity. In addition to searching for anthropogenic climate change, scientific research is making available volumes of data on the possible correlations between environmental change and social transformations over long periods of time. Yet, how strong and how precise a correlation one might be able to establish between phenomena like droughts, floods and volcanic eruptions and the emergence of conflict, the migration of peoples or the collapse of civilizations, remain open questions.

PRESS CONTACT: Alexandra Altman, (609) 951-4406

Dan Ariely, James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University and former Member (2005–07) in the School of Social Science, will return to the Institute to give a public lecture, “(dis)honesty, which will take place Friday, May 9, at 5:00 p.m. in Wolfensohn Hall. This lecture is sponsored by the Association of Members of the Institute for Advanced Study (AMIAS).

PRESS CONTACT: Christine Ferrara, (609) 734-8239

The Institute for Advanced Study has appointed Fred Van Sickle as its new Chief Development Officer. Mr. Van Sickle is currently Executive Vice President for University Development and Alumni Relations at Columbia University, where he led the team that recently completed the $6.1 billion Columbia Campaign. He is an accomplished and versatile leader in fundraising, alumni affairs and constituent relations with extensive and wide-ranging experience in higher education. Mr. Van Sickle will replace Michael Gehret, who is retiring from the Institute on March 31 after 8 years of dedicated leadership and service.

PRESS CONTACT: Alexandra Altman, (609) 951-4406

PRINCETON, N.J.– In 1862, the Japanese government, seeing the writing on the wall of international relations and recognizing that it would be impossible to continue keeping itself from much greater foreign contacts, launched its first foreign mission. In the lecture, “Maiden Voyage: The Senzaimaru and the Creation of Modern Sino-Japanese Relations,”Joshua Fogel, Canada Research Chair and Professor at York University and former Mellon Visiting Professor (2001–03) in the School of Historical Studies, will discuss how this mission revolutionized Sino-Japanese relations. The lecture will take place Monday, March 31, at 6:00 p.m. in the Dilworth Room in Simons Hall on the Institute campus.

This lecture is supported by the Dr. S.T. Lee Fund for Historical Studies.

PRESS CONTACT: Alexandra Altman, (609) 951-4406

On Wednesday, March 26, Vladimir Voevodsky, Professor in the School of Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study, will give a public lecture, Univalent Foundations: New Foundations of Mathematics, which will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Wolfensohn Hall on the Institute campus. The Institute for Advanced Study is pleased to designate this lecture in honor of the Princeton Adult School’s 75th Anniversary. The Institute supports and shares the Adult School’s mission to promote and foster lifelong learning and exploration in the Princeton community and beyond.

PRESS CONTACT: Alexandra Altman, (609) 951-4406

Gareth Evans, Chancellor of the Australian National University and former Foreign Minister of Australia, will give a lecture, “After Syria: The Future of the Responsibility to Protect,” which will take place on Wednesday, March 12, at 4:30 p.m. in Wolfensohn Hall on the Institute campus. This lecture is supported by the Dr. S. T. Lee Fund for Historical Studies and is free and open to the public.

PRESS CONTACT: Alexandra Altman, (609) 951-4406

Mark Baumgartner, an investment management executive, has been appointed Chief Investment Officer at the Institute for Advanced Study. Dr. Baumgartner will join the Institute in January 2014 and will work closely with the Investment Committee of the Institute’s Board of Trustees, in managing the Institute’s endowment. He succeeds Ashvin Chhabra, who served as Chief Investment Officer from 2007–13.

PRESS CONTACT: Christine Ferrara, (609) 734-8239

For the sixth year, the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study and the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University will collaborate to present a series of public lectures examining diverse facets of today’s art history scholarship. Leading academics in the field will address a range of subjects and periods in art, from medieval abstraction to Velazquez, Renaissance art, Malevich and Paul Klee.

PRESS CONTACT: Alexandra Altman, (609) 951-4406

Nathan Seiberg, Professor in the School of Natural Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study, will discuss the idea of new physics beyond the Standard Model in a public lecture, “What’s Next?” on Wednesday, December 4, at 4:30 p.m. in Wolfensohn Hall on the Institute campus.

PRESS CONTACT:  Christine Ferrara, (609) 734-8329

On Friday, November 8, two former Members of the Institute for Advanced Study will return to give a pair of public lectures—one on the pervasiveness and use of networks across disciplines and one on the definitions and concepts of individual freedom. Jennifer Chayes, Distinguished Scientist and Managing Director of Microsoft Research New England and New York City, will explore “The Age of Networks,” and Quentin Skinner, Barber Beaumont Professor of the Humanities at Queen Mary, University of London, will ask “How Should We Think About Freedom?” The lectures will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Wolfensohn Hall on the Institute campus, and are sponsored by the Association of Members of the Institute for Advanced Study (AMIAS).