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. 

The Electronic Computer Project (ECP) that was based at the Institute from 1945 to 1957 produced one of the world’s first large computers, and the very first with a stored-program design. 

The project was led by IAS Professor John von Neumann, who...