Didier Fassin, James D. Wolfensohn Professor, has been elected the Annual Chair of Public Health at the Collège de France for 2019–20. Fassin will give an inaugural lecture, “The Inequality of Life,” on January 16, 2020, followed in April by an eight-part lecture series, “Public Health: A Political and Moral Anthropology.” All talks are open to the public.
“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.”
“I do not believe I have ever read a nonfiction book, let alone a history book, that reads part history, part mystery. Yet, Francesca Trivellato pulls it off magnificently in her highly learned book, The Promise and Peril of Credit.”
Pulitzer Prize–winning composer and IAS Artist-in-ResidenceDavid Lang will present a series of talks and curate the 2019–20 Edward T. Cone Concert Series, all connected by the theme of VIRTUOSITY––an exploration of the parallels that exist between creators and observers in exceptional contexts.
Sir James Wolfensohn is the recipient of the 2020 IAS Bamberger Medal, to be presented at the IAS Einstein Gala on March 12, 2020, at the Glasshouse in New York City, for his vision for and stewardship of the Institute. “Jim Wolfensohn is a tireless leader, motivator, and friend. His work has strengthened the mission and integrity of the Institute in innumerable ways,” stated Charles Simonyi, IAS Board Chair. “With adroit expertise and agility, Jim struck a rare balance between conservation and renewal to move the Institute forward.”
The Institute for Advanced Study announces the Peretsman Scully Distinguished Journalism Fellowship with Joanne Lipman as the first fellow. Lipman, one of the world’s leading journalists, is a bestselling author, CNBC contributor, and former Chief Content Officer of Gannett and Editor-in-Chief of USA Today.
Alondra Nelson, Harold F. Linder Professor in the School of Social Science, joins The New Yorker's Joshua Rothman to explore how new rules requiring affirmative consent aim to change how we behave sexually.
"It's kind of like physics in its formative stages—Newton asking what makes the apple fall down," says Sanjeev Arora, Visiting Professor in the School of Mathematics, explaining the current scientific excitement about machine learning. "Thousands of years went by before science realized it was even a question worth asking. An analogous question in machine learning is 'What makes a bunch of pixels a picture of a pedestrian?' Machines are approaching human capabilities in such tasks, but we lack basic mathematical understanding of how and why they work."
On April 10, 2019, we were presented with the first-ever close-up image of a black hole by the Event Horizon Telescope ... But did we really “see” a black hole when we were shown “just” a digital image?