Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 4:30pm
Gareth Evans, Chancellor of the Australian National University and Former Foreign Minister of Australia
In this lecture, Evans will posit whether it is possible to end once and for all genocide and other major crimes against humanity occurring behind sovereign state walls to ensure that there will never again be another Cambodia, Rwanda, Srebrenica or Darfur. Evans will also question if the new principle of “the responsibility to protect” (or R2P), which was unanimously embraced by the U.N.
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 6:00pm
Josh Fogel, Professor, University of York
West Building Lecture Hall
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.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 4:30pm
Vladimir Voevodsky, Professor, School of Mathematics
According to Vladimir Voevodsky, Professor in the School of Mathematics, the work of a mathematician is 5% creative insight and 95% self-verification. Moreover, the more original the insight, the more one has to pay for it later in self-verification work. The Univalent Foundations project, started at the Institute a few years ago, aims to give mathematicians the ability to verify their constructions with the help of computers.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 4:30pm
Nathan Seiberg, Professor, School of Natural Sciences, Institute for Advanced Study
In recent decades, physicists and astronomers have discovered two beautiful Standard Models of particle physics, one for the quantum world of extremely short distances, and one for the Universe as a whole.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 4:30pm
Patrick J. Geary, Professor, School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study
Historians have debated for centuries the magnitude, nature, and impact of population movements from the borders of the Roman Empire into its heart between the fourth and seventh centuries. Were barbarian peoples distinct ethnic groups whose arrivals in the Empire ended centuries of wandering, or were they heterogeneous coalitions formed in the recent past on the Empire’s borders? Did they replace local populations, simply dominate them, or rapidly merge with them? Did they cause the disintegration of the Roman Empire? Did these migrations even take place at all?
Friday, November 8, 2013 - 4:30pm
Jennifer Chayes, Distinguished Scientist and Managing Director of Microsoft Research New England and New York City
Everywhere we turn these days, we find that networks can be used to describe relevant interactions. In the high-tech world, we see the Internet, the World Wide Web, mobile phone networks, and a variety of online social networks. In economics, we are increasingly experiencing both the positive and negative effects of a global-networked economy. In epidemiology, we find disease spreading over our ever-growing social networks, complicated by mutation of the disease agents.
Friday, October 25, 2013 - 5:30pm
Dani Rodrik, Albert O. Hirschman Professor, School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study
Developing countries, led by Asia, have grown significantly more rapidly than mature economies over the last two decades, closing the gap between them. Historically, this experience is quite anomalous, since economic convergence has been the exception rather than the rule. In this lecture, political economist Dani Rodrik, Albert O.
Friday, November 8, 2013 - 5:30pm
Quentin Skinner, Barber Beaumont Professor of the Humanities at Queen Mary University of London
In this lecture, Quentin Skinner, Barber Beaumont Professor of the Humanities at Queen Mary University of London, will discuss the concept of individual freedom, arguing that the usual practice of defining it in negative terms as “absence of interference” is in need of qualification and perhaps abandonment. Because the concept of interference is such a complex one, there has been much dispute, even within the liberal tradition, about the conditions under which it may be legitimate to cl
A Life Inside the Center
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 5:00pm
Ray Monk, Professor, University of Southampton
In this lecture, Ray Monk, author of Robert Oppenheimer: A Life Inside the Center (Random House, 2013), will tell the story of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the Institute's third Director (1947–66), in the context of the momentous developments in which he played a leading part.
Black Holes and Their Gusty Influence on the Birth of Galaxies
Friday, May 10, 2013 - 5:00pm
Nadia Zakamska, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University
Galaxies are the visible building blocks of the universe, astrophysical laboratories that have profoundly informed our knowledge of cosmology and nature. Black holes—once a bizarre mathematical consequence of Einstein’s relativity theory—are now mainstream astronomy, thanks to studies of the centers of nearby galaxies in which these exotic objects are routinely found. Galaxies and black holes form together under the influence of gravity until the powerful winds fueled by black holes snuff out the candle of star formation.