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Institute for Advanced Study’s History Working Group to Discuss IAS as a Refuge For Scholars in Public Event

November 01, 2017
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Albert Einstein at his home, 112 Mercer Street in Princeton, New Jersey, with a group of World War II European Jewish refugee children

On Friday, November 3, the Institute for Advanced Study will host an event, “A Refuge for Scholars: Contemporary Challenges in Historical Perspective, which will take place at 5:30 p.m. in Wolfensohn Hall on the Institute campus. This event, which will feature a panel discussion with Faculty and Members of the Institute’s History Working Group, is sponsored by the Association of Members of the Institute for Advanced Study (AMIAS).

The History Working Group is a Member-organized initiative that mobilized in response to President Trump’s executive order of January 27, 2017, which initially banned travel and immigration to the United States from seven predominantly Muslim countries. The group produced a series of articles and an exhibition, “A Scholar's Paradise, in the World,” documenting how the Institute for Advanced Study responded to similar challenges in the past, finding its ethos as a place of refuge and active engagement with the world. The event will highlight the group’s work and discuss the importance of the Institute’s role in the world today.

Participants in the panel discussion include Joan Wallach Scott, Professor Emerita in the School of Social Science; Thomas Dodman, Member (2016–17) in the School of Historical Studies; Ian Jauslin, Member (2017–18) in the School of Mathematics; and Ayşe Parla, Member (2016–17) and Visitor (2017) in the School of Social Science. Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director and Leon Levy Professor will moderate the conversation.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register for this event, visit For more information on other public lectures and events at the Institute, visit