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Friends of the Institute
Friends of the Institute for Advanced Study are partners in the advancement of research and scholarship at the highest level and, as such, are encouraged to participate in the intellectual and cultural life of the Institute. In accepting our invitation to become a Friend, you will have the opportunity to interact with Institute Faculty and Members, attend forums, lectures, concerts and films, receive Institute publications and access to our libraries and dining hall.
One of the world's leading centers for theoretical research and intellectual inquiry, the Institute exists to encourage and support fundamental research in the sciences and humanities – the original, often speculative, thinking that produces advances in knowledge that change the way we understand the world. Each year, the Institute awards fellowships to visiting Members, who are selected by our permanent Faculty.
The Institute's more than six thousand former Members hold positions of intellectual and scientific leadership throughout the academic world. Some thirty-three Nobel Laureates and thirty-eight Fields Medalists, as well as many winners of the Wolf and MacArthur prizes, have been affiliated with the Institute.
In becoming a Friend, you participate in an exchange of immense value. Friends provide the Institute with significant discretionary income every year, supplying stipends for Members, matching funds necessary to secure grants from other sources, and contributing in many other estimable ways to the sustainability of our mission.
“The Institute's mission--to provide world class scholars with complete freedom to pursue fundamental, curiosity-driven research in science and the humanities--resonates deeply with us. We want to see this unique opportunity for scholars continue into the future, building on its phenomenal success since the Institute's founding. Access to the Institute enriches our lives in many ways. There are frequent opportunities open to the Friends to participate in the life of the Institute, whether it be at formal lectures about scholarly research, informal lunches with members in the dining hall, or the numerous social events organized by the Friends. The scholars in this community are very approachable and love to talk about their work, which is always interesting. It's a terrific opportunity to engage the brightest minds of our generation.”
Nora Kerr and John J. Kerr, Jr., Chair, Friends of the Institute
Friends have many opportunities to participate in the intellectual and cultural life of the Institute, with access to:
- Friends Forums
- Fireside Chats
- Culture & Cuisine Series
- Institute Lectures and Other Scholarly Gatherings
- Institute Dining Services
- Institute Concerts
- Institute Libraries
- Institute Publications
- Annual Picnic and Holiday Party
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Friends Forums: lectures by Faculty and visiting Members, always include ample time for questions and discussion, thus providing Friends with a unique opportunity to get to know Institute scholars.
Past programs include:
- Nima Arkani-Hamed, Professor, School of Natural Sciences, New Physics and the Large Hadron Collider
- Derek Bermel, Artist-in-Residence, Musical Journeys: Discovering the American Within
- Graham Farmelo, Senior Research Fellow at the Science Museum, London and Adjunct Professor of Physics at Northeastern University, Paul Dirac and the Religion of Mathematical Beauty
- Paul Hodgson, Artist, Director's Visitor, Honest Doubt
- Sandy Isenstadt, Elizabeth and J. Richardson Dilworth Fellow, School of Historical Studies, Blackout: Lighting on the Homefront
- Marilena LoVerde, Friends of the Institute for Advanced Study Member, School of Natural Sciences, Out of This World: A History of Structure in the Universe
- Robert MacPherson, Hermann Weyl Professor, School of Mathematics, How Crystals Grow Inside Solids
- Seth Moglen, Friends of the Institute Member, School of Social Science, Bethlehem: American Utopia, American Tragedy
- Harold T. Shapiro, President Emeritus, Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University, Thinking About Climate Change: Science and Politics
- Edward Witten, Charles Simonyi Professor, School of Natural Sciences, Knots and Quantum Theory
Fireside Chats feature guest speakers, many of whom are Friends.
Past programs include:
- Robert A. Beckman, M.D., Executive Director, Clinical Research Oncology, Daiichi-Sankyo Pharmaceutical Development, Mechanisms of Cancer Evolution and Strategies for Cancer Therapy: My Experience at the Institute for Advanced Study
- William Greenberg, Chairman, Reserve Forces Policy Board, Partner, McCarter & English, LLP, The Future of the All Volunteer Force in a Democratic Republic
- Tarik O’Regan, Director’s Visitor, Composer, Parsing Resemblance: Intimating Bach in the Modern Symphony Orchestra
- John Rassweiler, Friend of the Institute for Advanced Study, Practical Art: Medieval Seals and Signatures
Culture & Cuisine talks feature speakers on a wide variety of food-related topics.
Past programs include:
- Ken Albala, Professor of History, University of the Pacific, Lenten Controversies of the Reformation
Marcie Cohen Ferris, Assistant Professor, Curriculum in American Studies, University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Associate Director of the Carolina Center for Jewish
Studies, Moonlight, Mavens, and Matzoh Balls: A Culinary Exploration of Southern Jewish History
- William Grimes, author, Appetite City: A Culinary History of New York
- Jennifer 8. Lee, reporter, the New York Times and author, Who is General Tso and Why Are We Eating His Chicken? And Other Myths of Chinese Food Explained
- James E. McWilliams, Professor of History, Texas State University-San Marcos, A Revolution in Eating: How the Quest for Food Shaped America
Frederick Douglass Opie, Visiting Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora History and Foodways, Babson College, African Foodways Are Like Jazz: Culinary Improvisations in Africa and America
For further information, please contact Pamela Hughes at (609) 734-8204 or .