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Founders’ Statement on America and Higher Learning

“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.”

IAS News

Member Cynthia Hahn Named Fellow of the Medieval Academy

July 18, 2018
Cynthia Hahn, Member in the School of Historical Studies, is among the five new Fellows and Corresponding Fellows selected by the Medieval Academy of America for their notable contributions to the field of Medieval Studies.

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The Power of Mirror Symmetry

By Robbert Dijkgraaf

A striking example of the magic of quantum theory is mirror symmetry—a truly astonishing equivalence of spaces that has revolutionized geometry.

Rootless Cosmopolitans

July 11, 2018
“What people call themselves speaks to us memorably about their traditions, their aspirations, and their hopes. But it may not tell us anything at all about their history,” writes Glen W. Bowersock, Professor Emeritus in the School of Historical Studies, in the New York Review of Books.

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Relics and Related Devotional Objects

By Caroline Walker Bynum

Over the past hundred years, historians of religion have been particularly interested in a subset of devotional objects that have been designated by worshippers with a word that can be translated as “relics” or “remains”: holy bodies or parts of bodies, or physical objects that have been in contact with them or their burial sites.

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Charting One’s Course Through Mirror Symmetry

By Paul Seidel

When going about the mind-bending business of revisiting our concept of space, how can the imagination keep a foothold?