Writers Talk - A Conversation with Stephen Sondheim

American composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim talks about his life and work in a conversation with Derek Bermel, the Institute’s Artist-in-Residence. Sondheim, whose works for Broadway include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Com...

David Nirenberg Named 10th Director of IAS

The Institute for Advanced Study has appointed David Nirenberg as its 10th Director and Leon Levy Professor, effective July 1, 2022. Currently dean of the Divinity School at the University of Chicago and professor of medieval history, Nirenberg will assume leadership of one of the world’s preeminent centers for theoretical research in the sciences and humanities.

Covid-19 Updates

November 1, 2021


The Institute campus is open for all faculty, members, staff and occasional visitors who are sponsored by a member of our community. We continue to remain closed to the public.

The Institute requires trustees, faculty, staff, and members to provide proof of having completed a COVID-19 vaccination before gaining on-campus access to offices, libraries, seminars, meetings, meals and other resources.  Click here for details.

 Fully vaccinated individuals at IAS:

  • Do need to carry an IAS ID card at all times.
  • Do need to use this link to report exposure or illness: COVID-19 Reporting Form | Forms (ias.edu)
  • Do need to stay home if sick with symptoms of COVID-19 or otherwise.
  • Do need to wear a mask indoors in public spaces other than private offices or when eating or drinking.
  • Do not need to wear a mask outdoors.
  • Please be courteous to individuals that may request the wearing of a face covering while in their presence outdoors.
  • May not need to quarantine after having close contact with someone with Covid-19, as long as they remain asymptomatic but should be tested 3-5 days after exposure.
  • Do not need to quarantine or get tested before/after domestic travel unless otherwise required by their destination.

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Ellsworth Kelly: Volume Two, 1954-1958

Yve-Alain Bois, Professor in the School of Historical Studies, has completed volume two of his catalogue raisonné of American painter Ellsworth Kelly. Working with the artist’s estate, Bois has produced a thorough catalogue of the artist’s paintings, sculptures, and reliefs between the years 1954 and 1958, including high-quality reproductions of the art, history of ownership and exhibition, and bibliographic notes. 

The Spring 2021 Institute Letter

Read articles by IAS Faculty and Members exploring the origins of the Second World War; the Janus-like nature of mathematical dualities; and the troubling history and misuse of the term “moral hazard." Also included are Alondra Nelson’s remarks delivered on the occasion of her appointment as Deputy Director for Science and Society in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and coverage of Avi Wigderson’s 2021 Abel Prize.

IAS Welcomes 271 Scholars for 2021–22 Academic Year

The Institute for Advanced Study begins its 2021–22 academic year with a continuation of in-person activities. The Institute plans to welcome 271 new and returning scholars and scientists to campus, representing 114 academic institutions and hailing from 38 countries.

Paving a Way

There are scholars in the streets of the Institute for Advanced Study. These roads serve as an important reminder of the historic scholars that paved a way for the groundbreaking research that happens today on the Institute campus.