IAS News

Didier Fassin
September 25, 2019

Didier Fassin, James D. Wolfensohn Professor in the School of Social Science, has been awarded the 2019 Honorary Prize by the French Red Cross Foundation "for his research work on moral economies and the innovative perspective it offers on the analysis of international humanitarian aid and the treatment of poverty, immigration, and asylum in France."

IAS News

November 12, 2019

Camillo De Lellis, IBM von Neumann Professor in the School of Mathematics, is cited for his innovative view on the construction of continuous dissipative solutions of the Euler equations, which ultimately led to Isett’s full solution of the Onsager conjecture, and his work in the regularity theory of minimal surfaces. 

Institute Letter Fall 2019 cover

Includes articles by Faculty and Members exploring bewilderment and clarity, the changing faces of biology, the social life of DNA, movement politics, modern racism and medieval race-thinking, academic freedom, partial differential equations, the possible unification of mathematics and physics, and the singular adventures of the late Professor Jean Bourgain. Also features conversations with James Peebles, 2019 Nobel Prize Laureate, and several current Members. Download a PDF of the issue or read the articles online.

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    Book cover for "Black Metaphors" by Cord J. Whitaker

    By Cord Whitaker

    In the late Middle Ages, Christian conversion could wash a black person’s skin white—or at least that is what happens when a black sultan converts to Christianity in the late thirteenth- or early fourteenth-century English romance the King of Tars. The remarkable transformation, however, is not what it might at first appear to be. 

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    Portrait of Karina Urbach

    This summer it became known that the Hohenzollern family, Germany’s former royal house, has been in secret negotiations with the German government, claiming restitution payments and the return of paintings and historical objects. Karina Urbach explains how her research is connected to the current debate.

    In the Media

    November 11, 2019

    Isabelle Guérin, Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., and Annette L. Nazareth Member in the School of Social Science and Directrice de Recherche à l'IRD-Cessma, writes with coauthor François Roubaud about the validity and impact of the growing use of randomized control trials in the field of development economics.

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    By History Working Group

    Founded in the early years of the Great Depression, IAS took shape during the buildup to the Second World War and under the growing shadow of authoritarian regimes. 

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    By Alondra Nelson

    Genetics is today engaged in practices of identity formation, in philanthropy and socioeconomic development projects, as corroborating evidence in civil litigation and historical debates, and elsewhere. Thus, although the therapeutic utility of the genome may be arguable, the social life of DNA is unmistakable: the double helix now lies at the center of some of the most significant issues of our time.

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    “Day one, something happened, day two, something happened. Day three, Ed Witten posted a paper,” said Cornell University physicist Paul Ginsparg, founder of arXiv.org. “That was when the entire community joined.”