The Institute for Advanced Study has successfully completed the $212 million Campaign for the Institute, propelled by the $100 million challenge grant from the Simons Foundation and the Charles and Lisa Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences, launched on January 1, 2011. An additional $112 million in support has been raised over the past four-and-a-half-years, which renews the Institute’s financial foundation and further strengthens its impact as one of the world’s beacons for curiosity-driven research.
Sebastian Currier, Artist-in-Residence at the Institute for Advanced Study, has announced the performers for the 2015–16 Edward T. Cone Concert Series. In his third and final season as Artist-in-Residence, Currier will present eminent ensembles performing both traditional and contemporary works.
The Institute for Advanced Study, in collaboration with the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, and the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, Uppsala, is hosting the inaugural Summer Program in Social Science on August 30 through September 11. The global outreach program convenes junior scholars in sociology, anthropology, history, geography, economics, law, political science and literary studies from Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.
The Institute for Advanced Study and Princeton University will cohost the 2015 Prospects in Theoretical Physics program on July 20 to 31, which convenes graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from around the world to explore “New Insights About Quantum Matter.” The fourteenth annual Prospects in Theoretical Physics program will be offered as a joint program in conjunction with the eleventh annual Princeton Summer School on Condensed Matter Physics.
PRINCETON, N.J., July 15, 2015 – Patricia Crone, whose pioneering and innovative approach to the history of Islam has brought about lasting change in the field, died at the age of 70 on July 11 in Princeton, New Jersey, after a courageous fight against cancer. She was Professor Emerita in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, where she served as the Andrew W. Mellon Professor since 1997, before retiring in 2014.
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The Institute for Advanced Study has appointed Afsaneh Mashayekhi Beschloss, Jonathan M. Nelson and Sandra E. Peterson to its Board of Trustees. These appointments were effective May 1, 2015.
Jonathan Haslam, one of the world’s most distinguished scholars on the history of thought in international relations, has been appointed George F. Kennan Professor in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study. Haslam, a Member (1998) of the School, is currently Professor of the History of International Relations at the University of Cambridge, and will officially begin his six-year appointment at the Institute on July 1, 2015.
In advance of its traditional Fourth of July celebration, the National Archives, in partnership with the Institute for Advanced Study, will host a free conference on the Declaration of Independence titled “Punctuating Happiness,” from 9:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on June 23, 2015, in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC. The conference will be streamed live on the National Archives YouTube channel. The conference is free and open to the public, and advance registration is required, go to: https://phdc2015.eventbrite.com. Attendees should use the Special Events Entrance, located on the National Mall at Constitution Ave. and 7th Street, NW. Metro access on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station.
Inspired by the work of Danielle Allen, UPS Foundation Professor in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study and author of Our Declaration (Liveright 2014) and research paper “Punctuating Happiness,” the conference will explore the National Archives’ work in preserving the original Declaration of Independence, the diversity of the document’s textual tradition, how this diversity affects historical research, and how it is taught in schools.
This May, Program for Women and Mathematics will mark its twenty-second year by bringing together research mathematicians and undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral women studying mathematics for an intensive residential mentoring program. The 2015 series, which will explore aspects of algebraic geometry, will take place May 11–22 on the campus of the Institute for Advanced Study and is sponsored by the Institute and Princeton University, with support from the National Science Foundation.
On Friday, May 1, the Institute for Advanced Study will host an interdisciplinary mini-symposium, “Is the Abstract Mathematics of Topology Applicable to the Real World?,” which will take place at 5:30 p.m. in Wolfensohn Hall on the Institute campus. This event will feature presentations by Faculty and former Members and will be moderated by Robbert Dijkgraaf, Institute Director and Leon Levy Professor.