Didier Fassin, James D. Wolfensohn Professor in the School of Social Science, has been awarded the title of Doctor honoris causa by the University of Liège for contributions to the study of public policies on health and safety and, more generally, social inequalities, and for critical insights “essential for thinking about issues at the heart of our contemporary world.”
In addition to the Level 4 Travel Advisory for China that was issued on February 2, 2020, the CDC has issued an Alert Level 2 for Japan and South Korea, advising older adults and those with medical conditions to consider postponing nonessential travel. Read more.
This public event will feature two short talks about the transformational possibilities and provocative challenges that emerge from dialogue between the social sciences and AI. The talks will be followed by a conversation with the speakers and a Q&A with the audience.
At the Institute, while each School certainly has its own character and researchers’ work is highly specialized, there is nonetheless a sense of common purpose and shared environment. We inhabit the same space—the same woods—and not just in the literal sense. We share the experience of bewilderment, and the perpetual yearning for clarity.
A political economy is made, not born. The United States adopted one political economy at the outset of the New Deal, and then replaced it with another—which seems increasingly unpopular domestically and globally—during the last quarter of the twentieth century. How did this happen, and what have been the effects? Nicholas Lemann of Columbia University will explore these questions.
The techniques developed over many years by topologists—generalized cohomology theories, the Adams spectral sequence, and much more—are now brought to bear on specific computations of interest in physics.
Gauguin aligned the visual artist with the “primitive” and the writer with the “civilized” but was ambivalently suspended between the two. Although skeptical of critics (he claimed that art needed no verbal commentary), Gauguin nonetheless wrote a good deal.
In 1930, the Institute was created as an academic retreat for the pursuit of daring research, unfettered by material constraints. From the beginning, political turmoil around the world interfered with this dream. This exhibit traces key moments in this history, focusing on questions of displacement and academic freedom in Europe, the United States, and Latin America from the 1930s to the 1970s.
"It's kind of like physics in its formative stages—Newton asking what makes the apple fall down," says Sanjeev Arora. "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."
After decades of retreat from the mainstream, economic history is making its way back to college curricula and scholarly publications. Today as always, present concerns stimulate academics’ choice of subject matter and approaches to historical inquiry.