At 12:30 p.m. ET today, watch Professor Joan Wallach Scott explore the many uses of the term “gender” and assess the term’s enduring impact in “Gender Equality: Why Is It So Difficult to Achieve?” the opening lecture of the Graduate School of Geneva’s academic year. Live stream available here.

Ideas

“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 investing in basic science, many other societal issues are addressed. Think about the money spent on defense, health care, and education. These days we are able to deal with diseases at the molecular level, only because fifty years ago we allowed scientists to ask basic questions about the foundations of life.

Ideas

Videos on topics including Voevodsky’s univalence principle, homotopy type theory, K-theory, motivic theories, and more, may be viewed here

Video

On January 4, 1955, Edward R. Murrow visited the Institute for Advanced Study to interview J. Robert Oppenheimer, the Institute’s third Director. 

Ideas

You don’t have to get particularly close to [the truth], you just have to know that it’s there and then you have to not fight it and just let it drag you in toward itself.––Professor Nima Arkani-Hamed 

IAS News

September 17, 2018
Juan Maldacena, Carl P. Feinberg Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, has been named the 2018 recipient of the Richard E. Prange Prize and Lectureship in Condensed Matter Theory and Related Areas. The prize recognizes Maldacena’s 1997 theoretical discovery of a deep connection between gauge theories and quantum gravity. 

In the Media

September 21, 2018
Eric Schluessel, Member in the School of Historical Studies, examines a crackdown in Xinjiang that has sent up to 1 million Uyghurs, Kazakhs and other Muslims to detention camps. 
September 11, 2018
Patrick J. Geary, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the School of Historical Studies, is a Co-PI and lead author of a groundbreaking paper published by Nature Communications that sheds light on sixth-century barbarian social organization and migration through paleogenomics.

By Patrick J. Geary

Using next-generation sequencing, it is possible to examine past populations in their complex genetic heterogeneity.