What is punishment? Why do we punish? Who gets punished? Watch the public lecture by Didier Fassin, James D. Wolfensohn Professor, who proposes a critical inquiry into the definition, justifications, and distribution of punishment based on ethnographic studies conducted on the police, the justice apparatus, and the prison system.
“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.”
On the occasion of the spring meeting of the IAS Board of Trustees in May 2019, Sabine Schmidtke, Professor in the School of Historical Studies, speaks on the vast, global, and indispensable Islamic manuscript tradition, a world heritage that is currently under immediate threat.
The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters produced a short film about Karen Uhlenbeck, 2019 Abel Laureate and Visiting Professor in the School of Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study. Watch it here.
Suzanne Conklin Akbari, widely recognized for her intellectual range and interdisciplinary accomplishments in the field of Medieval Studies, has been appointed to the Faculty of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, effective July 1, 2019.
Could empirically minded, plain-speaking, fact-checking journalists, bulked-up suffrage, court and educational systems, a tradition of street demonstrations, and the development of a new kind of First Amendment jurisprudence that paid more attention to maintaining facticity and reversing silencing techniques be enough to revitalize the democratic take on truth? Could any of the elements of the democratic imaginary, including liberty, equality, and dignity as well as truth become, once again, a widely shared goal? It is hard to say yes to either question as long as people seem to be living in such different worlds, economically and psychologically.
Frequent Director's Visitor Graham Farmelo, author of The Universe Speaks in Numbers, will explore the astonishingly productive relationship between physics and mathematics with Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director and Leon Levy Professor; Professors Nima Arkani-Hamed, Freeman Dyson, and Edward Witten; Visiting Professor Karen Uhlenbeck; and current and former IAS researchers Thomas Lam, Kyle Cranmer, Greg Moore, and Natalie Wolchover. The event will be streamed live.
On May 4, 2019, Demis Hassabis, Co-founder and CEO of DeepMind, discussed the capabilities and power of self-learning systems in a public lecture at the Institute for Advanced Study. He illustrated his talk with reference to some of DeepMind's recent breakthroughs and spoke about the applications of cutting-edge AI research for scientific and philosophical discovery.
In celebration of Professor Jean Bourgain (1954–2018), who joined the School of Mathematics Faculty in 1994, IAS will host talks by Professors Peter Sarnak and Avi Wigderson; current Member Elon Lindenstrauss; former Members Vitali Milman, Gigliola Staffilani, and Larry Guth; and Svetlana Jitomirskaya of the University of California, Irvine; along with special remembrances by family, friends, and colleagues. The event will be streamed live.
In 2016, the Institute celebrated the work and impact of Professor Jean Bourgain. One of the most prolific and important mathematicians of our generation, Bourgain had an extraordinary ability to bring new perspectives to longstanding questions in number theory, probability theory, and statistical physics.