Institute for Advanced Study

At 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 13, Didier Fassin, James D. Wolfensohn Professor in the School of Social Science, and Axel Honneth, Distinguished Visiting Professor in the School, will examine questions around life and punishment in a public conversation at Labyrinth Books.


“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.”

By Joan Wallach Scott

Why—despite decades (indeed centuries)—of social protest, policy initiatives, educational reform, nongovernmental organization activity, national and international legislation—does gender inequality persist? 

IAS News

November 09, 2018
Christian Mauder, Member in the School of Historical Studies, has been awarded the 2018 Christian-Gottlob-Heyne-Preis, conferred by the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, which recognizes Mauder's dissertation as the most outstanding Ph.D. thesis in theology or the arts submitted in the past year.


By Thomas Piketty

There is a pressing need to go beyond the Western-centered historical perspective on inequality regimes and explore the relationship between rising inequality and the changing structure of political conflict, from class-based to identity-based conflict.

In the last six months, Juan Maldacena, Carl P. Feinberg Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, has received three major awards: the Lorentz Medal of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences; the 2018 Einstein Medal from the Albert Einstein Society in Bern; and most recently the Richard E. Prange Prize and Lectureship in Condensed Matter Theory and Related Areas. The following is an edited Q&A with the Institute Letter.
November 07, 2018
“The Institute for Advanced Study is laying the groundwork for intellectual and scientific breakthroughs that enrich our society and enhance our understanding of the universe,” stated Martin Chavez, a Vice Chairman of the Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Global Co-Head of its Securities Division. “I am proud to lend my energies to this fundamental pursuit.”


By Akshay Venkatesh

Locally symmetric spaces are the home of the Langlands program—a set of overarching and interconnected conjectures connecting representation theory to number theory, first proposed in 1967 by Robert Langlands, now Professor Emeritus in the School of Mathematics. These spaces have become a crossroads for many different strands of mathematical thought.


By John J. Hopfield

Tornadoes are a high-level description of the motions of enormous numbers of interacting molecules. We want to understand how mind emerges from brain, just as we understand how tornadoes emerge from molecules.

By Stefan Schorch

The emergence of Judaism is closely intertwined with the emergence of Samaritanism. Both are heirs of ancient Israelite traditions, and the predecessors of both shared the same religious and literary culture.