In the Media

Angelo Bassi and Stephen Adler
June 26, 2020

“Physics is an experimental subject," says Professor Emeritus Stephen L. Adler, in an NYT Magazine profile of one of his frequent collaborators, Italian physicist Angelo Bassi.

IAS News

Updated July 2, 2020

Playground Opening—July 2nd at 8am
We are pleased to announce that the playground in Member housing will be open on Thursday, July 2, at 8 am. We ask that you comply with CDC protocols and maintain 6 feet distance between you and other families. Face coverings are strongly recommended. The playground is open to Institute families only, please have your ID handy if needed. Please adhere to these requests so that everyone can enjoy some time on the playground.

Update on the Institute’s Plans for Reopening
The State of New Jersey has announced a three-staged approach to reopening businesses and offices. The opening of IAS falls under Stage 3. The date for beginning Stage 3 has not yet been defined, but the last elements of Stage 2 are slated for July 6, so it is reasonable to assume that Stage 3 will begin sometime after that date.

IAS Closure 
The Institute remains closed to visitors.

On April 8, Governor Murphy announced that stores must require that their shoppers wear face coverings or masks. The Institute requires face coverings or masks in all public indoor areas on campus, including the activities center and laundry facility. How to make a simple mask

As of June 2, the United States is at Warning Level 3, which recommends avoiding nonessential travel, both domestically and internationally. Please see our process regarding travel and your return to campus.

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Cord Whitaker

with Cord Whitaker

Cord Whitaker, Friends of the Institute for Advanced Study Member in the School of Historical Studies, joins Distinguished Journalism Fellow Joanne Lipman to discuss the current racial unrest, its place in the history of racism, and where we go from here.

June 03, 2020

Dear members of the IAS community, 

Even as we all have been deeply affected by shutdowns due to the Covid-19 outbreak this spring, we also have been witnessing and experiencing profoundly disturbing incidents highlighting an interrelated and equally alarming crisis: ongoing, systematized, and institutionalized racism toward African Americans. As brothers, sisters, parents, and children, many of us cannot imagine the horror of losing an innocent loved one at the hands of those meant to protect our communities. With deep sympathy, our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of George Floyd, the most recent victim of such racial violence, who died at the hands of the Minneapolis police. Other recent, devastating incidents in which Black people have been stereotyped, targeted, and killed have included Ahmaud Arbery, simply jogging, and Breonna Taylor, asleep in her bed at home. We know this is but a small recitation of the ways in which racism affects people of color, and Black people in particular, every day. Divisive political responses from the top leadership are not helpful at a time when solidarity and grief should unite our nation. As with the common experience of Covid-19, this moment should be a reminder of the inextricable ties between us, even as disparities in our economies and health care systems mean that the pandemic has negatively impacted Black and brown people in disproportionately high numbers around the world. 

On June 4, 1930, 90 years ago, the idealists who founded the Institute imagined a future that would be free from prejudice based on “race, creed, or sex.” While we may all feel despair over the lack of better progress made in our society in the intervening years, as an institution we must stand up for diversity, inclusion, and equity; for government and law enforcement accountability; and for social policies that prioritize equality and justice for everyone. It is critical that the scholarship at IAS focused on racial violence, including that of law enforcement, continues. We must follow the recent advice of John Lewis, Congressman from Georgia, who has put his life on the line time and time again for civil rights, indeed dedicating his entire life to this cause. Congressman Lewis writes, “This is a special moment in our history. Just as people of all faiths and no faiths, and all backgrounds, creeds, and colors banded together decades ago to fight for equality and justice … we must do so again.” At IAS, we all must stand together against racism—in the United States and in all parts of the world—and, in our work, strive to be leaders in understanding and dismantling the ways that discrimination and injustice are perpetuated.

Robbert Dijkgraaf

Director and Leon Levy Professor
Institute for Advanced Study


By Danielle S. Allen

When we think about how to achieve political equality, we have to attend to things like voting rights … But we also have to cultivate the capacity of citizens to use language effectively enough to influence the choices we make together.


Myles Jackson

with Myles W. Jackson

Distinguished Journalism Fellow Joanne Lipman interviewed science historian Myles Jackson to discuss why Germany has been more successful than other countries in combating Covid-19, the perils of gene patenting, and how his cello playing led to his scientific pursuits.

In the Media

June 19, 2020

Writing for Quanta, Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director and Leon Levy Professor, draws the distinction between generic and exceptional beauty, and why one type proves more useful in describing the universe.

Ludwig van Beethoven
June 26, 2020

Smithsonian Magazine covers the debate “Was Beethoven Black?” with contributions from Member Kira Thurman, whose Twitter thread on the question went viral.