“Flexner and Dijkgraaf argue that basic research—driven by curiosity, freedom and imagination—is a proven and essential seed for the revolutionary technologies that fuel the economy, transform society, and provide solutions for the world’s problems. A thoughtful appeal for long-term thinking in a time full of short-term distractions.”—Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Alphabet Inc.
It is with deep conviction regarding the freedom of inquiry and intellectual exchange and the respect for the principles of justice and non-discrimination that we, the undersigned, condemn and oppose the recent federal executive order that suspends the entry of refugees, immigrants, and other visitors.
Science reviews The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge, reflecting on IAS founding Director Abraham Flexner’s advocacy for “unfettered inquiry that, paradoxically and unexpectedly, has often resulted in extraordinary utility.”
In a public lecture, Jeffrey Davidow, former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Venezuela, and Zambia, will discuss how, even though America’s historic role of interventionism has long passed, the opportunities and challenges of Latin America present serious issues for U.S. involvement.
On Tuesday, February 28, at 5:00 p.m., former Member Robert E. Lerner will recount the story of the late IAS Professor Ernst Kantorowicz, a medieval historian whose ideas exerted an influence far beyond his field, and whose colorful and dramatic life intersected with many of the great events and thinkers of his time.