What would it be like to live next to a supermassive black hole? IAS Professor Jim Stone, a computational astrophysicist, with Sean Ressler, Chris White, and Eliot Quataert, published a paper on the magnetic properties of the accretion disk surrounding the Milky Way’s central black hole.
“It’s very simple. Democracy is something that we practice collectively, in groups,” Marion Fourcade, Visiting Professor in the School of Social Science, told IAS's Journalism Fellow Joanne Lipman in an interview. “The purpose of data collection is to group you with people who are similar on some relevant dimension, and to create some sort of hierarchy within that group.”
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Even as we all have been deeply affected by shutdowns due to the Covid-19 outbreak this spring, we also have been witnessing and experiencing profoundly disturbing incidents highlighting an interrelated and equally alarming crisis: ongoing, systematized, and institutionalized racism toward African Americans. As brothers, sisters, parents, and children, many of us cannot imagine the horror of losing an innocent loved one at the hands of those meant to protect our communities. With deep sympathy, our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of George Floyd, the most recent victim of such racial violence, who died at the hands of the Minneapolis police. Other recent, devastating incidents in which Black people have been stereotyped, targeted, and killed have included Ahmaud Arbery, simply jogging, and Breonna Taylor, asleep in her bed at home. We know this is but a small recitation of the ways in which racism affects people of color, and Black people in particular, every day.
It is critical that the scholarship at IAS focused on racial violence, including that of law enforcement, continues. In the words of John Lewis, the congressman from Georgia who put his life on the line time and time again for civil rights: “This is a special moment in our history. Just as people of all faiths and no faiths, and all backgrounds, creeds, and colors banded together decades ago to fight for equality and justice … we must do so again.” We all must stand together against racism—in the United States and in all parts of the world—and, in our work, strive to be leaders in understanding and dismantling the ways that discrimination and injustice are perpetuated.
Director and Leon Levy Professor Institute for Advanced Study
The Institute came into being at the most inauspicious of times. Founded in the early years of the Great Depression, it took shape during the buildup to the Second World War and under the growing shadow of authoritarian regimes.
Alondra Nelson, Harold F. Linder Professor in the School of Social Science, is an expert on the intersection of race, inequality, science, and technology. During the pandemic, she created the #CoronavirusSyllabus, a crowdsourced list of resources on the coronavirus’s impact on society.
Syriac sources help shed a more complex light on the history of the Middle East from late antiquity to the Middle Ages. They reveal a non-imperial epoch and its rich contributions to the cultural and religious history of the region.