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Celebrating Ideas 2017–18

Published 2018

Dan Komoda

On April 26, 2018, the Institute community gathered to celebrate Ideas 2017–18 with talks by IAS Members––deep ideas explained in under 20 minutes with no slides or chalk––followed by audience discussions moderated by Faculty. The program concluded with a panel discussion led by Robbert Dijkgraaf, Institute Director and Leon Levy Professor, with Members and Faculty from all four Schools.

Welcome Remarks by Institute Director and Leon Levy Professor Robbert Dijkgraaf 

Topology and Physics by Clay Cordova, Marvin L. Goldberger Member in the School of Natural Sciences, with Charles Simonyi Professor Edward Witten

Spectacular Black Death by Shatema Threadcraft, Ralph E. and Doris M. Hansmann Member in the School of Social Science, with James D. Wolfensohn Professor Didier Fassin

Liquid Crystals: Order upon Disorder by Ian Jauslin, Member in the School of Mathematics, with Professor Emeritus Thomas Spencer

A Child Prodigy in Ancient Rome by Kathleen Coleman, Elinor Lunder Founders' Circle Member in the School of Historical Studies, with Professor Angelos Chaniotis

Panel Discussion: Challenges and Opportunities with Robbert Dijkgraaf, Institute Director and Leon Levy Professor, Nicola Di Cosmo, Luce Foundation Professor in East Asian Studies in the School of Historical Studies, Johan Heilbron, Louise and John Steffens Founders' Circle Member in the School of Social Science, June Huh, Visiting Professor in the School of Mathematics, and Scott Tremaine, Richard Black Professor in the School of Natural Sciences