On March 14, 2018, the Institute for Advanced Study hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for Rubenstein Commons with remarks by Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director and Leon Levy Professor, Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert, Architect Steven Holl, and Institute Trustee and philanthropist David Rubenstein.
“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.”
The Rubenstein Commons building, designed by Steven Holl Architects and made possible through a gift from Institute Trustee David M. Rubenstein, will be an essential resource for intellectual and social interactions on the Institute campus.
On Einstein's birthday we mourn the passing of Stephen Hawking, an equally brilliant mind and inspiring human being. His ideas about black holes, spacetime and the Big Bang will live forever, only grow in importance, and permeate the universe.—Robbert Dijkgraaf, IAS Director and Leon Levy Professor
"Trying to understand Hawking’s discovery better has been a source of much fresh thinking for almost 40 years now, and we are probably still far from fully coming to grips with it," Edward Witten, Charles Simonyi Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, told the New York Times.
What are the means through which ancient artists represented the emotions of gods, mythical heroes, and “real” people? How were images and texts exploited to arouse emotions in an ancient (and modern) audience?