Founders Day

Founders Day 2024

Founders Day Celebration
Friday, May 17, 2024
10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. Various Founders Day activities

Since its founding, the Institute for Advanced Study has been an incubator and accelerator for groundbreaking ideas and scholarship. Founders Day recognizes Louis Bamberger and Caroline Bamberger Fuld, the sibling philanthropists who founded and endowed IAS on May 20, 1930, providing for its lasting and essential independence. Each May, we celebrate their vision and that of our donors, Faculty, Board, Members, and Staff, who together ensure that the work of the Institute is as vital today as it ever has been.

Kick off Founders Day 2024 with a visit to special commemorative exhibits in our libraries and the Shelby White and Leon Levy Archives Center. After a festive lunch and IAS trivia in Simons Hall, join us at 2pm in Wolfensohn Hall for Institute Computations, a Faculty conversation about the Institute’s long history of thinking about math, computing, and society, with IAS Faculty Helmut Hofer, Myles Jackson, Alondra Nelson, and Avi Wigderson, moderated by IAS Director and Leon Levy Professor David Nirenberg. Afternoon tea in Fuld Hall will feature a special toast to Avi Wigderson, winner of the 2023 ACM A.M. Turing Award. The annual IAS soccer game on the Front Meadow follows tea, as does story time on the South Lawn with a reading of An Ordinary Night at the Institute, AMIAS Member Lorenzo Alunni's and Elisa Nocentini’s new children’s picture book set on the IAS campus. The celebration culminates in a community dinner party on Simons Hall Patio featuring food trucks, barbecue stations, and live music.


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This is not a public event, this event is for our IAS Community and Friends.

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Founders Day - Friday, May 17, 2024

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Lunch and IAS Trivia with Righteous Jolly

12:00 p.m. | Simons Hall 

IAS Faculty Conversation

2:00 p.m. | Wolfensohn Hall

IAS Soccer Game

3:30 p.m. | Front Meadow

Children's Story Time and Book Signing

4:30 p.m. | South Lawn

Community Dinner Party

5:00 p.m. | Simons Hall Patio

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Date & Time

May 17, 2024 | 10:00am – 8:00pm


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