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  • Press Releases - American Academy of Arts & Sciences
    the complex domestic issues facing contemporary China the contributors to the issue form a nuanced vision of the rapidly changing country drawing global lessons from both its failures and accomplishments The issue is guest edited by American Academy Fellow Elizabeth J Perry the Henry Rosovsky Professor of Government at Harvard University and Director of the Harvard Yenching Institute In her introduction Perry notes that through three decades of reform and opening China has transformed from one of the globe s most impoverished countries to owner of the world s second largest economy But China now faces the consequences of this growth and the policies that spurred it including environmental devastation health and income inequality a declining workforce and widespread grassroots protest that bespeaks the tension between an authoritarian state and its market economy Perry argues that while China is in many ways unique scholars and policy makers can benefit from comparisons between China and the developmental states of East Asia late developers like India and Brazil and economic powerhouses including the United States As Perry writes We would be foolhardy to disregard or discount China s efforts to resolve global problems simply because we predict that its political system is some day destined to disappear Among the issue s fifteen essays Guobin Yang University of Pennsylvania examines how Internet activism continues to grow and adapt to the changing forms of state control Robert P Weller Boston University explores the remarkable growth of religious practice in China and outlines the political challenges of increasing religious diversity And William C Kirby Harvard University considers China s potential for leadership in global higher education asking Can world class universities however they are defined exist in a politically illiberal system Print and Kindle copies of the new issue can be ordered at https www amacad org publications daedalus Essays in the Spring 2014 issue of Dædalus include Growing Pains Challenges for a Rising China by Elizabeth J Perry Harvard University China s Economy Complacency Crisis the Challenge of Reform by Barry Naughton University of California San Diego Demographic Challenges for a Rising China by Deborah S Davis Yale University Soaring Income Gaps China in Comparative Perspective by Martin King Whyte Harvard University Correcting Past Health Policy Mistakes by William C Hsiao Harvard University State Schemes or Safety Nets China s Push for Universal Coverag e by Mark W Frazier The New School China s Workers Movement the End of the Rapid Growth Era by Mary E Gallagher University of Michigan Legal Reform China s Law Stability Paradox by Benjamin L Liebman Columbia Law School Internet Activism the Party State in China by Guobin Yang University of Pennsylvania State Social Protest by Ching Kwan Lee University of California Los Angeles The Politics of Increasing Religious Diversity in China by Robert P Weller Boston University The Chinese Century The Challenges of Higher Education by William C Kirby Harvard University China Globalization by Jeffrey Wasserstrom University of California Irvine Local Governance in China Incentives Tensions by Joseph

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    17 2014 America s public universities are facing reductions in government funding competition from for profit education providers international competitors and emerging technologies What are the implications of these threats to public higher education The American Academy of Arts Sciences established The Lincoln Project to assess these threats and develop recommendations to preserve the strength and diversity of public universities Part of that process is to engage state and federal policymakers elected officials university and business leaders and the broader public in crafting a way forward On January 22 2014 at 5 50 p m at the University of California Berkeley Faculty Club The Lincoln Project will convene a discussion on Public Higher Education and the Private Sector Leading the discussion will be the co chairs of The Lincoln Project Robert J Birgeneau Chancellor Emeritus Professor of Physics Professor of Materials Science and Engineering University of California Berkeley and Mary Sue Coleman President Professor of Chemistry in the College of Literature Science and the Arts Professor of Biological Chemistry in the School of Medicine University of Michigan Also on the program are Lincoln Project advisors Philip Bredesen former Governor of Tennessee and Frank Yeary Chairman CamberView Partners LLC and former Vice Chancellor University of California Berkeley American Academy board chairman Don Randel also will be featured The Lincoln Project is named for President Abraham Lincoln to commemorate his role in signing the Morrill Act in 1862 which laid the groundwork for the nation s unparalleled public university system About the American Academy of Arts Sciences Founded in 1780 the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is an independent policy research center that conducts multidisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems Current Academy research focuses on the humanities arts and education science and technology policy global security and energy and American

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    on the Humanities Social Sciences as it examines new age of teaching and learning 1 17 2014 Press Release STANFORD CA JANUARY 17 2014 The conversations generated around the country by the American Academy s Commission on the Humanities Social Sciences landmark report The Heart of the Matter continue with the latest event at Stanford University a lively discussion on Humanities in the Digital Age In its report the Commission notes The digital world offers vast new possibilities not only for delivering instruction but also for facilitating research and for making the past and future possibilities come alive to students of all ages The program at the Stanford Faculty Club January 23 2014 5 00 p m will explore the future of digital research and teaching Moderator Richard Saller Vernon R and Lysbeth Warren Anderson Dean School of Humanities and Sciences Kleinheinz Family Professor of EuropeanStudies Stanford University will be joined by the following panelists Joshua Cohen Martha Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society Professor of Political Science Philosophy and Law Stanford University Michael A Keller Ida M Green University Librarian Publisher of the Stanford University Press and of HighWire Press Stanford University Franco Moretti Danily C and Laura Louise Bell Professor Professor of English and Comparative Literature Stanford University Elaine Treharne Professor and Co Director of the Center for Medieval Early Modern Studies Stanford University About the American Academy of Arts Sciences Founded in 1780 the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is an independent policy research center that conducts multidisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems Current Academy research focuses on the humanities arts and education science and technology policy global security and energy and American institutions and the public good With headquarters in Cambridge Massachusetts the Academy s work is advanced by its 4 600 elected

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    Donoghue asked contributors to identify a text that has had great influence on their lives and work and to discuss that text in relation to their growth as scholars artists and human beings Spanning time and genre from the Latin epic the Aeneid to Toni Morrison s novel Beloved the essays contribute to our understanding of what it means to closely read a text to grow our critical and analytic minds and to understand our place in the world Among the issue s twelve essays Gillian Beer University of Cambridge examines Virginia Woolf s The Waves revealing an understanding of the novel so comprehensive that as Donoghue puts it only a few novels could be awarded such attention in one scholar s lifetime Patricia Meyer Spacks University of Virginia reflects on how George Eliot s Middlemarch powerfully affected her young mind and sparked her lifelong engagement with imaginative literature And literary critic and conservationist Scott Russell Sanders Indiana University returns to Thoreau s Walden recounting his first grappling with the text as a teenager and contrasting that initial interpretation with how his students read the text today Print and Kindle copies of the new issue can be ordered at https www amacad org publications daedalus Essays in the Winter 2014 issue of Dædalus include What Ought Humanists To Do by J Hillis Miller University of California Irvine Politics Eternity by Francis Oakley Williams College Half Art Baudelaire s Le Peintre de la vie moderne by Rachel Bowlby Princeton University On Virginia Woolf s The Waves by Gillian Beer University of Cambridge The Power of Middlemarch by Patricia Meyer Spacks University of Virginia On Beckett s neither Giacometti s Figurine entre deux boîtes qui sont des maisons by James Olney Louisiana State University I m Not There by Ross Posnock Columbia

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    Arts and Sciences the Federation of State Humanities Council the Georgia Public Library Service and the Georgia Humanities Council for their support The symposium is held during the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature s 28th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities which brings more than 100 scholars from around the state nation and seven other countries to campus on Oct 31 through Nov 3 Dr AnaLouise Keating professor of women s studies at Texas Woman s University will deliver the keynote address for the conference on Nov 1 at 1 30 p m in the Campus Center Ballroom The University of West Georgia is the ideal venue for an in depth discussion on The Heart of the Matter said John Tessitore director of programming for the American Academy of Arts and Sciences For 28 years UWG s conference on the humanities in education has focused on the importance of interdisciplinary scholarship and well rounded education The Academy Commission is pleased to be able to participate in the conversation this year This is exactly the type of conversation that we hoped would follow the release of our report The symposium features a panel of speakers including Clough Esther Mackintosh president of the Federation of State Humanities Council Rosanna Warren award winning poet and endowed professor at the University of Chicago and Robert Schaefer professor of political science and chair of the Department of Political Science and Planning at UWG A dinner for the conference participants concluding with brief remarks from Clough will precede the symposium at 6 30 p m with the panelist discussion beginning at 7 30 p m at the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts The 7 30 event is free and open to the public Warren will also deliver a poetry reading on Nov 1 at 7 00 p m in the Kathy Cashen Recital Hall We are grateful to the University of West Georgia for helping us to advance this conversation about the important role the humanities and social sciences play in American society said Mackintosh I can think of no setting more appropriate than the prestigious Symposium on The Shape of the Humanities for exploring the findings and recommendations the Commission has provided in their significant and timely report Georgia Public Library Service is honored to be a partner in this event honoring our longtime friend Wayne Clough said Lamar Veatch state librarian for Georgia Public Library Service He has enjoyed a remarkable tenure at Georgia Tech and the Smithsonian Institution and we are thrilled to be able to participate in this recognition The Commission to create The Heart of the Matter report includes 53 nationally prominent representatives from industry government academia and the arts The group is co chaired by Richard Brodhead president of Duke University and John W Rowe retired chairman and chief executive officer of the Exelon Corporation Other prominent members include journalist David Brooks filmmaker Ken Burns poet Dana Gioia musician and songwriter Emmylou Harris actor John Lithgow film producer

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    has rendered music a powerful tool socially politically and culturally Early describes the inextricable relationship between music and race an unavoidable topic when considering American popular music he argues Early points toward Ronald Radano s University of Wisconsin Madison essay in the issue which explores how the category of black music was in fact created by whites to define blacks and prescribe what they should play Other essays consider music s relationship to identity Nadine Hubbs University of Michigan highlights a cadre of gay classical composers who helped develop America s sound Patrick Burke examines how Sinatra mania disrupted gender norms among bobby soxers And Daniel Geary Trinity College Dublin considers the alignment of class criminality and politics in the music of Johnny Cash The issue also includes excerpts from original works by drama critic and playwright Terry Teachout composer Vernon Duke and poet Weldon Kees providing glimpses into the lives of some notable figures in twentieth century music Print and Kindle copies of the new issue can be ordered at https www amacad org publications daedalus Essays in the Fall 2013 issue of Dædalus include The Screamers by Patrick Burke Washington University in St Louis Yellow Skin White Masks by Mina Yang University of Southern California Listening to the Now by David Robertson St Louis Symphony Orchestra Homophobia in Twentieth Century Music The Crucible of America s Sound by Nadine Hubbs University of Michigan The Ruth Crawford Seeger Sessions by Ellie M Hisama Columbia University Johnny Cash the Politics of Country Music by Daniel Geary Trinity College Dublin Hollywood as Music Museum Patron Bringing Various Musical Styles to a Wide Audience by Charlotte Greenspan musicologist and pianist Swing From Time to Torque Dance Floor Democracy at the Hollywood Canteen by Sherrie Tucker University of Kansas Lawrence Pioneers of the

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    Burns read from the letters of John and Abigail Adams and the ceremony concluded with a performance by Hancock The ceremony included talks by five new inductees Harvard chemist Xiaowei Zhuang President of Rockefeller University and neuroscientist Marc Tessier Lavigne University of California Berkeley learning and child development scholar Alison Gopnik historian Paula Fredriksen of The Hebrew University and Phyllis Wise Chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign The Induction Ceremony recognizes the achievement and vitality of today s most accomplished individuals who together with the Academy will work to advance the greater good said Academy Secretary Jerrold Meinwald These distinguished men and women are making significant strides in their quest to find solutions to the most pressing scientific humanistic and policy challenges of the day Founded in 1780 the American Academy is one of the nation s oldest and most prestigious learned societies and an independent research center that draws from its members expertise to conduct studies in science and technology policy global security the humanities and culture social policy and education Members of the 2013 class include winners of the Nobel Prize National Medal of Science the Lasker Award the Pulitzer and the Shaw Prizes the Fields Medal MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships the Kennedy Center Honors and Grammy Emmy Academy and Tony Awards This year s inductees include Nobel Prize winner David J Wineland chief academic officer of the Broad Institute David Altshuler psychologist Robert A Bjork Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Jeffrey Eugenides U S Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey U S Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz Tom Siebel CEO of C3 Energy philanthropist and co founder of the Carlyle Group David M Rubenstein University of Southern California President Max Nikias and Director of Institute for Advanced Study Robbert Dijkgraaf In addition to the Induction Ceremony weekend

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    Scholars Program Hellman Fellowship in Science and Technology Policy Policy Fellowship in the Humanities Education and the Arts Policy Fellowship in Global Security and International Affairs The Exploratory Fund Member Login User Name Password Forgot your password Justice David Souter Discusses The Heart of the Matter the Recent Report from the American Academy s Commission on the Humanities Social Sciences Presented by The New York Council for the Humanities and the New York State Library Archives and Museum in partnership with the American Academy of Arts Sciences 9 5 2013 Press Release ALBANY NY Retired US Supreme Court Justice David Souter comes to Albany next week to address many of the issues raised in a report released this summer by the American Academy of Arts Sciences Commission on the Humanities Social Sciences A member of the Commission Justice Souter will discuss the report The Heart of the Matter in terms of civic knowledge and responsibility The report asks Who will lead America into a bright future And answers Citizens who are educated in the broadest possible sense so that they can participate in their own governance and engage with the world Justice Souter will expand on that theme The New York Council for the Humanities and the New York State Library Archives and Museum are hosting Justice Souter in Albany for a public forum to continue the discussion and to examine some of the issues raised by the report Thursday September 12 2013 4 p m to 5 p m Clark Auditorium Cultural Education Center 222 Madison Ave Empire State Plaza Albany New York For more information Sara Ogger NY Council for the Humanities ogger nyhumanities org 212 233 1131 Academy in the News 2 10 2016 With money tight chancellor says UC Berkeley must reimagine its future L A

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