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PRESS CONTACT: Alexandra Altman(609) 951-4406

Carl P. Feinberg, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Relational Architects Inc., a computer software firm, has endowed a Professorship of Theoretical Physics in the School of Natural Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study. The Carl P. Feinberg Professorship, which will be held by Juan Maldacena, Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, will provide support related to all aspects of academic appointment and community life that are unique characteristics of the Institute experience.

PRESS CONTACT: Alexandra Altman(609) 951-4406

This release was updated on January 26, 2016, to reflect lecture date changes.

Jonathan Haslam, George F. Kennan Professor in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, has announced the launch of the World Disorder Lecture Series

PRESS CONTACT: Alexandra Altman(609) 951-4406

The Institute for Advanced Study has appointed John Overdeck to its Board of Trustees, effective October 30, 2015. Overdeck is Co-Chairman of Two Sigma Investments, LLC, a systematic investment manager, founded with the goal of applying cutting-edge technology to the data-rich world of finance, based in New York.

PRESS CONTACT: Christine Ferrara, (609) 734-8239

A new Membership has been established in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in honor of Patricia Crone, Professor Emerita in the School, who died in July after a courageous fight against cancer. A Patricia Crone Membership has been created with Crone’s generous designation of a significant portion of her estate to support a visiting scholar in Near Eastern studies, an area that she helped to build and strengthen at the Institute during her tenure. Gifts made to the Institute in Crone’s memory will be added to the Patricia Crone Fund.

PRESS CONTACT: Christine Ferrara, (609) 734-8239

Rubenstein Commons will be a Vital Catalyst for Intellectual and Social Exchange on the Institute Campus

A $20 million gift to the Institute for Advanced Study from businessman and philanthropist David M. Rubenstein, a Trustee of the Institute, will have a transformative impact on intellectual and communal life at one of the world’s leading centers for fundamental research. This donation from Mr. Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, will support the creation of a new building on the Institute campus to be known as the Rubenstein Commons. The Commons is conceived as a welcoming and flexible environment for interaction among the permanent Faculty and visiting scholars, and will greatly enhance the Institute’s role as a convener of academic thought and activities across the sciences, humanities and social sciences. The gift also helped to ensure the successful completion of the Campaign for the Institute, which concluded on June 30.

PRESS CONTACT: Christine Ferrara, (609) 734-8239

Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity, a pillar of modern physics formulated 100 years ago, will be celebrated by the Institute for Advanced Study and Princeton University in a two-day conference, General Relativity at 100. The conference, which will feature ten colloquium-style talks by international experts on diverse aspects of general relativity and its fascinating history—from cosmology to quantum gravity, from black holes to neutron stars—will take place in Wolfensohn Hall on the Institute’s campus on November 5–6. The conference will also celebrate the seminal role of Princeton physicists, particularly John Wheeler and Bob Dicke and their students, in advancing an examination of general relativity. 

PRESS CONTACT: Alexandra Altman(609) 951-4406

Jonathan Haslam, George F. Kennan Professor in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, will give a public lecture, Do We Understand Putin’s Russia?, on Friday, October 30, which will take place at 5:30 p.m. in Wolfensohn Hall on the Institute campus.

PRESS CONTACT: Alexandra Altman(609) 951-4406

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.

PRESS CONTACT: Alexandra Altman(609) 951-4406

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.

PRESS CONTACT: Alexandra Altman(609) 951-4406

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. 

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