In How We Read: Tales, Fury, Nothing, Sound, Suzanne Conklin Akbari, Professor in the School of Historical Studies, and contributors explore reading as a passive, active, and even embodied act with the capacity to stimulate, excite, frustrate, and confuse.
“We feel strongly that the spirit characteristic of America at its noblest, above all the pursuit of higher learning, cannot admit of any conditions as to personnel other than those designed to promote the objects for which this institution is established, and particularly with no regard whatever to accidents of race, creed, or sex.”
Routledge’s Lee Ann Fujii Award for Innovation in the Interpretive Study of Political Violence, presented by the American Political Science Association, honors the life and work of Lee Ann Fujii, Member (2016–17) in the School of Social Science.
Didier Fassin, James D. Wolfensohn Professor in the School of Social Science, and Bernard E. Harcourt, Visiting Professor (2016–17) in the School, are editors of a new book A Time for Critique (Columbia University Press, 2019), which calls for a systematic reappraisal of critical thinking and a reflection on the multiplying contexts and forms of critical discourse.
Rashid Sunyaev, Maureen and John Hendricks Distinguished Visiting Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, has received the honor for his profound impact on modern cosmology. He shares the prize with former IAS Member Viatcheslav Mukhanov and Alexei Starobinsky.
Symmetry Magazine profiles ten early-career scientists—including Clay Cordova, Long-term Member in the School of Natural Sciences since 2015 who will join the University of Chicago this fall—about what keeps them up at night, why they became theorists, and what they do when they're not doing physics.
In the London Review of Books, Didier Fassin, James D. Wolfensohn Professor in the School of Social Science, examines the recent European elections from a French perspective, arguing that Emmanuel Macron’s representation of the democratic challenge for Europe as an alternative between “nationalists” and “progressives,” whom he would embody, is a mere rhetoric.
“Time is a way of keeping track of things, of making order. You can be on time; you can allot the right amount of time; you can time events to be synchronous, or to avoid overlap. This kind of time does not appear in Moby Dick.” On the 200th anniversary of Herman Melville's birth, Suzanne Conklin Akbari, Professor in the School of Historical Studies, celebrates Melville's classic as a way of seeing the world.
Daniel Freedman, Member (1967–68, 73–74, 86–87) in the School of Natural Sciences, along with Sergio Ferrara and Peter van Nieuwenhuizen receive the 2019 Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics for the invention of supergravity, a “remarkable construction that extends Einstein’s theory of gravity to include quantum variables in the structure of spacetime,” said Edward Witten, Charles Simonyi Professor in the School of Natural Sciences.
The Yemeni manuscript collections constitute a unique treasure trove for large segments of the Islamic intellectual tradition—Sunni as well as Shii—much of which has not survived anywhere else in the Islamic world.