The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced a $750,000 matching grant dedicated to infrastructure improvements for the IAS Historical Studies–Social Science Library. Built in 1965 by Wallace K. Harrison at the invitation of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the library is central to humanities studies at IAS and today holds over 125,000 volumes, plus rare books collections, journals, and archives.
On January 16, 2020, Didier Fassin, James D. Wolfensohn Professor in the School of Social Science, gave the inaugural lecture of his appointment as Annual Chair of Public Health at the Collège de France for 2019–20. The lecture, titled “The Inequality of Lives,” was streamed live from the Collège de France, and is available to watch here.
Genetics is today engaged in practices of identity formation, in philanthropy and socioeconomic development projects, as corroborating evidence in civil litigation and historical debates, and elsewhere. Thus, although the therapeutic utility of the genome may be arguable, the social life of DNA is unmistakable: the double helix now lies at the center of some of the most significant issues of our time.
Capitalism: A Journal of History and Economics is a new academic journal cofounded and edited by Francesca Trivellato, Professor in the School of Historical Studies; Julia Ott, Member in the School of Social Science; Carolyn Biltoft; and Marc Flandreau. The inaugural issue is now available in open access and features contributions from editors including an article by Ott on Tax Preference As White Privilege.
With a written history that stretches over more than 7,000 years, Iran constitutes one of the most variegated and richest cultures of the region, if not the world. In this panel discussion, scholars and lawyers will discuss the history and cultural heritage of Iran beyond political considerations.
Register to attend the 2020 IAS Einstein Gala honoring Sir James Wolfensohn, IAS’s longest-serving Board Chair (1986–2007). At the Gala, Jim Wolfensohn will be presented with the IAS Bamberger Medal, the Institute’s highest honor.
Political and economic exclusion is often manifested in laws, norms, and coercive sanctions that delimited or outright prohibited noncitizen populations (slaves, women, serfs, and peasants among them) from participating in formal civic life.
Think of what it means that all black bodies are not equally evoked by this all-important symbol of racial oppression [the noose] … What then are those who would ameliorate the conditions of black women in society to do?