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  • Press Releases - American Academy of Arts & Sciences
    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 Humanities Report Card Follows The Heart of the Matter with Data on the Value and Challenges Facing the Humanities 9 3 2013 Press Release CAMBRIDGE MA With the national conversation generated by The Heart of the Matter still ongoing the American Academy of Arts Sciences Humanities Indicators has put forth a report card to provide a snapshot of current data illustrating where the humanities are today The report card notes for instance that while the percentage of students taking world history courses increased by 43 percent over the past 20 years less than 30 percent of 12th graders were proficient in history and civics According to The Heart of the Matter the report issued from the Academy s Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences the humanities provide a valuable foundation for our efforts to learn adapt and share our culture With the additional information now available from the Humanities Indicators the Academy hopes to enrich and propel the national conversation about the future of the humanistic endeavor and its relationship to the nation s culture economy and security Most of the information presented in the attached report card comes from the American Academy s Humanities Indicators available at humanitiesindicators org The Academy gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Andrew W Mellon Foundation primary funder of the Humanities Indicators as well as the National Endowment for the Humanities for its collaboration on this project CONTACT Felicia Knight 207 831 5676 Felicia KnightVisionInternational com Jill Valley Orlando 808 271 3624 Jill KnightVisionInternational com Academy in the News 2 10 2016 With money tight chancellor says UC Berkeley must

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    14 7 in 1910 Most of the new entrants hailed from Asia and Latin America Unlike past immigrants many foreigners living in the United States today are present without authorization According to estimates roughly one third of these individuals are undocumented and although Hispanics and Asians now account for around 20 of the total population they make up nearly a third of all births Thus the future of the United States is very much tied to the status and welfare of immigrants and their children Guest editor Douglas Massey notes in his essay America s Immigration Policy Fiasco that mass illegality is now the greatest barrier to the successful integration of Latinos a pathway to legalization represents a critical policy challenge If U S policy makers wish to avoid the failures of the past he argues they must shift from a goal of immigration suppression to one of immigration management within an increasingly integrated North American market Immigration policies implemented in 1965 and thereafter were not founded on any rational evidence based understanding of international migration Instead they were enacted for domestic political purposes and reveal more about America s hopes and aspirations and its fears and apprehensions than anything having to do with immigrants or immigration per se When policies are implemented for symbolic political purposes and massive interventions are undertaken with no real understanding of how they might affect a complex social system such as immigration the results are not only likely to be unanticipated but counterproductive The essays in this issue provide a strong overview of the immigration landscape ranging from Nancy Foner s Hunter College City University of New York comparative approach in her essay Immigration Past and Present to Richard Alba s Graduate Center City University of New York analysis of a specific sector in his essay Schools and the Diversity Transition to Michael Jones Correa Cornell University and Els de Graauw s Baruch College City University of New York critique of the overemphasis on undocumented status and enforcement in their essay The Illegality Trap The Politics of Immigration and the Lens of Illegality Print copies of the new issue can be ordered here Kindle copies can be ordered here Essays in the Summer 2013 issue of Dædalus Douglas S Massey Princeton University America s Immigration Policy Fiasco Learning from Past Mistakes Nancy Foner Hunter College City University of New York Immigration Past and Present Charles Hirschman University of Washington The Contributions of Immigrants to American Culture Marta Tienda Princeton University Susana M Sánchez Pennsylvania State University Latin American Immigration to the United States Victor Nee Cornell University Hilary Holbrow Cornell University Why Asian Americans are Becoming Mainstream Audrey Singer Brookings Institution Contemporary Immigrant Gateways in Historical Perspective Mary C Waters Harvard University Philip Kasinitz Graduate Center City University of New York Immigrants in New York Reaping the Benefits of Continuous Immigration Helen B Marrow Tufts University Assimilation in New Destinations Frank D Bean University of California Irvine Jennifer Lee University of California Irvine James

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    Institutions and Lifelong Learning and International Security and Competitiveness and makes recommendations to achieve three goals Educate Americans in the knowledge skills and understanding needed to thrive in a 21st century democracy Invest in the preparation of citizens with a thorough grounding in history civics and social studies Increase access to online resources including teaching materials Foster an innovative competitive and strong society To ensure the vibrancy of humanities and social science programs at all levels philanthropists states and the federal government should significantly increase funding designated for these purposes Create a Humanities Master Teacher Corps to complement the STEM Master Teacher Corps recently proposed by the White House Equip the nation for leadership in an interconnected world Develop a Culture Corps that would match interested adults retirees veterans artists library and museum personnel with schools community centers and other organizations to transmit humanistic and social scientific expertise from one generation to the next Expand education in international affairs and transnational studies The American character is defined not by ethnicity Americans come from many countries races religions and cultures but by a common set of ideals and principles that unite us as a country said Senator Alexander Those ideals and principles have always been shared and learned through the study of history philosophy and literature but today their study is at risk This report is a first step to highlighting the importance of and ensuring a future for our nation s humanities education and our unique American character as well Senator Warner added I commend all the members of the Commission for their hard work on The Heart of the Matter Having a strong knowledge of civics comprehensive reading and writing skills and an appreciation of history are important for a well rounded member of the 21st century world We must use this report as a foundation to continue to engage with the public on how best to keep our humanities and social sciences robust Congressman Petri noted that Knowledge and promotion of the humanities and social sciences are absolutely important so that citizens have a firm understanding of our nation s unique history culture and heritage I hope the recommendations in this report will be seriously considered to improve the teaching and understanding of the humanities and social sciences The humanities and social sciences help us understand where we ve come from and who we are as a people and that understanding points us toward the endeavors we must undertake to help every person reach their full potential said Representative Price Studies in these areas are critically important to a well rounded education and the future of our country This report comes at a crucial moment and I hope it will help raise the profile of the humanities provide a better understanding of their value and spur a national conversation about how the humanities and social sciences keep our nation strong and competitive Today s leaders in business government the military and diplomacy must be able to analyze interpret

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    19 2013 United in their concern for the future of American education creativity security and competitiveness a distinguished group of artists and leaders from all fields demonstrate the need for the humanities and social sciences to America s future in a new film The Heart of the Matter released today Produced by Emmy Award winning filmmakers Erik and Christopher Ewers long time collaborators of documentarian Ken Burns The Heart of the Matter film is a companion to a report of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences The Heart of the Matter shines a spotlight on the urgent need to re focus the country on maintaining national excellence in the humanities and social sciences and how failure to do so will have consequences at home and abroad Senators Lamar Alexander R TN and Mark Warner D VA and Representatives Tom Petri R WI and David Price D NC came together on Capitol Hill this morning to accept the report prepared at their request by the Commission Appearing in the film are producer screenwriter and director George Lucas actor John Lithgow cellist Yo Yo Ma and documentary filmmaker Ken Burns The sciences are the how says George Lucas in the film and the humanities are the why Why are we here why do we believe in the things we believe in John Lithgow adds that Without the humanities life doesn t have life That s the Heart of the Matter Also appearing in the film are Sandra Day O Connor former Associate Justice Supreme Court of the United States Kwame Anthony Appiah University Professor of Philosophy Princeton University Billie Tsien architect Rolena Adorno Sterling Professor of Spanish Yale University Norman Augustine Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Retired Lockheed Martin Corporation David L Brooks journalist

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    computer science to solve the complex problems of the 21st century Scientific and technological innovation has been vital to the economic prosperity and security of the United States said Leslie Berlowitz President of the American Academy yet there is growing concern that the nation risks losing its position of global technological leadership ARISE II examines the factors affecting America s productivity in science and technology and suggests steps to encourage transdisciplinary and trans sector research collaborations ARISE II committee member Richard Scheller Executive Vice President for Research and Early Development at Genentech Inc stressed the importance of this objective saying The ARISE II report outlines a path forward to fully achieve the potential for interdisciplinary research The report also presents a road map to optimize cooperation between academia government and industry The recommendations should be implemented so our society can take full advantage of the scientific potential at hand Key recommendations include Shift from interdisciplinary to transdisciplinary develop and foster a massive knowledge network to focus disparate expertise and approaches on problems of common interest Promote cooperative synergistic interactions among academia government and the private sector throughout the discovery and development process Set new priorities for the technology transfer function between academia and industry with the explicit goal of maximizing exchanges of knowledge resources and people Enhance permeability between industry and academia at all career stages and Develop and implement new models for research alliances between academia and industry The study was co chaired by Venkatesh Narayanamurti Harvard University and Keith Yamamoto University of California San Francisco The project committee includes many of the nation s preeminent scientists and policy leaders from government academia and business ARISE II is available for download at www amacad org arise2 pdf The Academy released its first ARISE report Advancing Research in Science and

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    Kennedy Center Honors and Grammy Emmy Academy and Tony awards Scientists in the new class include chemical engineer Rakesh Agrawal who developed new solar processes for energy production Bruce A Beutler recipient of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine Martha Constantine Paton who studies nervous system activity crucial to early childhood development David Dill a leading developer of industrial verification technology computer architect Susan J Eggers Donna M Ferriero a leader in child neurology Lasker Award winner Jeffrey M Friedman mathematician H Blaine Lawson Jr who co founded the field of calibrated geometries Marc Tessier Lavigne President of Rockefeller University and a leading researcher on the formation of neural circuits during embryonic development and on nerve cell response to injury Alan G Marshall who helped create the new field of petroleomics ornithologist Sandra L Vehrencamp a founder of the field of behavioral ecology David J Wineland winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics and Xiaowei Zhuang a leader in single molecule biophysics and bio imaging Social scientists in the new class include Robert A Bjork a psychologist who has made fundamental contributions to the science of learning and memory Daniel Diermeier a leading political scientist and game theorist Alison Gopnik a scholar of learning and child development Christine Jolls who helped launch the field of behavioral law and economics Sara Lawrence Lightfoot an expert in the relationship between culture and learning styles Rose McDermott a political scientist who investigates heritable aspects of political ideology Judge Jed Rakoff a major figure in areas of financial regulation and national security law political economist Alastair Smith Marshall Mike Smith former Undersecretary of Education and advocate of educational equity and anthropologist Kathryn Ann Woolard who works on obsolescent languages and linguistic ideology In the Humanities and the Arts new members include novelist Martin Amis novelist and essayist Wendell Berry philosopher David Chalmers director and actor Robert De Niro Pulitzer Prize winning poets Annie Dillard and U S Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey actor Sally Field Michael Fishbane a scholar of Jewish studies operatic soprano Renée Fleming jazz musician Herbie Hancock documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles French history scholar Sarah Maza linguist David Perlmutter artist Judy Pfaff Stuart Schwartz a leading historian of colonial slavery artist Yoshiaki Shimizu and singer songwriters Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen Elected in public affairs and journalism are former Secretary of the Air Force Edward Pete Aldridge United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees Alexander Aleinikoff New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast astronaut former Senator and Presidential Medal of Freedom winner John Glenn Senator Richard Lugar and Maxine Savitz Vice President of the National Academy of Engineering Philanthropists and business leaders in the 2013 class include Paul Buttenwieser a psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School and a major advocate for the arts Glenn Hutchins co founder of Silver Lake Partners David M Rubenstein co founder of the Carlyle Group and a major philanthropist for the arts libraries and higher education Thomas Siebel founder of Siebel Systems and pioneer of revolutionary customer

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    Our civic life may be fraying at the edges the essayists suggest but it is possible to reverse the damage and restore our sense of common purpose writes Ornstein in his introduction Indeed it is necessary and urgent that we get to the work of doing so The authors in this issue pose compelling questions for our public institutions In Reluctant Stewards Journalism in a Democratic Society Michael Schudson Columbia University writes Could the media do better in serving democratic ends A better journalism might be possible if journalists had a more sophisticated sense of what it means to serve democratic ends It is more than providing citizens with the information they need to make sound decisions in the voting booth In The American Corporation Ralph Gomory New York University Stern School of Business and Richard Sylla New York University Stern School of Business question why corporations that are focused on maximizing shareholder profit rather than a larger public good get government bailouts and the right to spend corporate funds in electoral politics The great American corporations today are doing well for their top managers and shareholders but this does not mean that they are doing well for the country as a whole In The Challenges Facing Civic Education in the 21st Century Kathleen Hall Jamieson University of Pennsylvania examines ways in which polarized politics and shifting priorities in school reform have undermined civics education across America Despite the fact that civic education produces an array of positive outcomes the citizenry s current level of civic knowledge is far from ideal and the role of civic education in schools is far from secure she writes In What is the Common Good former congressman Mickey Edwards Aspen Institute addresses the struggle to agree on a single definition of the common good The problem is that where emotion overrules process the sides themselves become confused and conservatives and liberals alike sometimes champion the right of the collective to deny an individual a right to which he or she might otherwise be entitled There is a confusing lack of consistency in determining where the common good lies Thomas E Mann Brookings Institution and Norman J Ornstein American Enterprise Institute in Finding the Common Good in an Era of Dysfunctional Governance raise alarms about government failures and partisan rancor that are dangerous to the fundamental legitimacy of decisions made by policy makers They consider a variety of cultural and structural changes that may be required to fix the problem All essays in the volume are available for a limited time online Print copies of the new issue can be ordered here Kindle copies can be ordered here Essays in the Spring 2013 issue of Dædalus include The Common Good Theoretical Content Practical Utility by William A Galston Brookings Institution Finding the Common Good in an Era of Dysfunctional Governance by Thomas E Mann Brookings Institution Norman J Ornstein American Enterprise Institute Can the Judicial Branch be a Steward in a Polarized Democracy by Jeffrey

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    Chicago research advisor to the GNF project Concerns about technologies that can be used for both peaceful and military aims are not new For example the launch technology that enabled the Apollo manned space program was also at the heart of the nation s intercontinental ballistic missile defense system The Global Positioning System GPS that is ubiquitous in modern society was initially developed for military applications The challenge for policymakers is to protect against malicious misuse of dual use technologies without depriving society of the commercial and public benefits of technological advances The American Academy meeting is unique in that it will explore analogs from other disciplines computational science bioscience and biotechnology that might hold lessons for dual use nuclear technology In cryptography for example encryption products that are important for commercial or government purposes can also have military applications In the life sciences important research often utilizes biological pathogens or chemical processes that can lead to weaponized agents Research and development in each of these fields is increasingly global and is sponsored by both government and industry trends that make traditional approaches to regulating dual use technologies more challenging Meeting participants include current and former officials from the Department of Homeland Security National Security Agency National Academy of Sciences and the national laboratories as well as experts in the field from industry and academia NOTE Journalists and members of Stanford s Center for International Security and Cooperation which is hosting the meeting are invited to attend a plenary talk by Penrose Parney C Albright director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on Monday January 28 from noon to 1 30 p m Dr Albright will speak about Contending with Dual Use Science The remainder of the meeting is off the record and by invitation only About the American Academy of Arts Sciences Founded in 1780 the American Academy of Arts and Sciences www amacad org is an independent policy research center that conducts multidisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems Current Academy research focuses on the humanities arts and higher 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 members who are leaders in the academic disciplines the arts business and public affairs from around the world About the Global Nuclear Future Initiative The Academy s project on the Global Nuclear Future includes expert study groups to explore practical approaches for improving the physical protection of nuclear facilities and materials to improve the prospects for safer nuclear facilities that would be acceptable to the major nuclear plant suppliers operators and the public to promote a more secure nuclear fuel cycle framework that would include pragmatic regional nuclear fuel arrangements and to explore ways to advance constructive dialog among the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty member states The project is co directed by Scott D Sagan Stanford University and Steven E Miller Harvard University with Robert Rosner University of

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