Book cover for "Black Metaphors" by Cord J. Whitaker

By Cord Whitaker

In the late Middle Ages, Christian conversion could wash a black person’s skin white—or at least that is what happens when a black sultan converts to Christianity in the late thirteenth- or early fourteenth-century English romance the King of Tars. The remarkable transformation, however, is not what it might at first appear to be. 

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Phillip Griffiths
November 19, 2019

Phillip Griffiths, former IAS Director (1991–2003) and current Professor Emeritus in the School of Mathematics, has been elected a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Juan Maldacena speaks on stage in Wolfensohn Hall
November 14, 2019

CERN Courier interviews Juan Maldacena, Carl P. Feinberg Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, about his 1997 conjecture of a deep relationship between gravity and quantum field theory that continues to offer insights into black holes and the search for quantum gravity.


Portrait of Karina Urbach

This summer it became known that the Hohenzollern family, Germany’s former royal house, has been in secret negotiations with the German government, claiming restitution payments and the return of paintings and historical objects. Karina Urbach explains how her research is connected to the current debate.


Camillo De Lellis speaks at the blackboard

By Camillo De Lellis

Partial differential equations are ubiquitous in modern science and engineering: they are efficiently used to model a variety of different phenomena, like the flow of air past the wings of an airplane, the collapsing of a star into a black hole, or the spreading of a pollutant in the air.

Institute Letter Fall 2019 cover

Includes articles by Faculty and Members exploring bewilderment and clarity, the changing faces of biology, the social life of DNA, movement politics, modern racism and medieval race-thinking, academic freedom, partial differential equations, the possible unification of mathematics and physics, and the singular adventures of the late Professor Jean Bourgain. Also features conversations with James Peebles, 2019 Nobel Prize Laureate, and several current Members. Download a PDF of the issue or read the articles online.

    November 12, 2019

    Camillo De Lellis, IBM von Neumann Professor in the School of Mathematics, is cited for his innovative view on the construction of continuous dissipative solutions of the Euler equations, which ultimately led to Isett’s full solution of the Onsager conjecture, and his work in the regularity theory of minimal surfaces. 

    Please register to attend the 2020 IAS Einstein Gala honoring Sir James Wolfensohn, IAS’s longest-serving Board Chair (1986–2007), former President of the World Bank, and current Chairman of Wolfensohn & Company. At the Gala on March 12, 2020, at the Glasshouse, NYC, Jim Wolfensohn will be presented with the IAS Bamberger Medal, the Institute’s highest honor.

    By History Working Group

    Founded in the early years of the Great Depression, IAS took shape during the buildup to the Second World War and under the growing shadow of authoritarian regimes. 

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    Didier Fassin
    September 25, 2019

    Professor Didier Fassin has been awarded the 2019 Honorary Prize by the French Red Cross Foundation for his innovative work on moral economies.