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  • Press Releases - American Academy of Arts & Sciences
    diversity of educational goals worldwide and the challenges that local communities nations and the international community face in setting these goals Authors from Africa the Middle East Asia Europe and North and South America offer divergent and constructive views that reflect their own political economic social and religious contexts They address key questions facing policymakers such as What happens when educational goals conflict What does high quality mean in basic and secondary education International Perspectives on the Goals of Universal Basic and Secondary Education resulted from the American Academy s project on Universal Basic and Secondary Education UBASE a multidisciplinary study of the rationale means and consequences of providing universal education The book was edited by Joel E Cohen Rockefeller and Columbia Universities and Martin B Malin Harvard University and published by Routledge Cohen notes that attempts to measure global educational progress such as annual monitoring reports by UNESCO s Education for All initiative are more concerned with tracking enrollment attendance and completion of schooling than with the aims content and quality of education offered Cohen and Malin along with David E Bloom Harvard University School of Public Health edited a previous Academy volume Educating All Children MIT Press 2007 The authors of that earlier book suggested that it is both possible and affordable to achieve universal high quality education for children between the ages of 6 and 16 by the middle of the 21st century Contributors to the new volume include Bala Ahmed Bauchi Local Education Authority Nigeria author James Carroll Mohamed Charfi University of Tunis Kai ming Cheng University of Hong Kong William K Cummings George Washington University George M Ingram Academy for Educational Development Rebecca Jacobsen Michigan State University Ana Carolina Letichevsky Cesgranrio Foundation Brasil Beryl Levinger Monterey Institute of International Studies Claudio Madrazo La Vaca Independiente

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    2015 Upcoming Meetings and Events Friday Forum 2015 2016 Schedule Past Meetings and Events Fellowships Overview Visiting 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 Eighty eight Representatives Seek Increase in NEH Funding Academy s Humanities Indicators Cited in Dear Colleague Letter 3 22 2010 Press Release More than 80 members of Congress have written a letter urging their colleagues on the House Appropriations Committee to fully support the National Endowment for the Humanities including funds to collect analyze and disseminate statistical information on the state of humanities through Humanities Indicators The Dear Colleague letter which was organized by Congressmen David Price D NC and Thomas E Petri R WI co chairs of the Congressional Humanities Caucus and signed by a bipartisan group of House members states that the requested level of funding for NEH will help offset mounting economic pressures on the academic workforce and humanities institutions as well as strengthen the nation s infrastructure for humanities education and research for the long run The Humanities Indicators is an American Academy project that provides statistics about areas of concern to the humanities community including K 12 education undergraduate and graduate education the humanities workforce research and funding for the humanities and the humanities in American life beyond the academy For more information about Humanities Indicators see www HumanitiesIndicators org To view a copy of the Dear Colleague letter see NEH funding pdf Academy in the News 2 10 2016 With money tight chancellor says UC Berkeley must reimagine its future L A Times 1 26 2016 Cleveland business leader Morton Mandel named winner of Scholar Patriot Award Crain s Cleveland

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    members in these departments were tenured English departments had the greatest proportion of non tenure track faculty 49 percent When minors are included undergraduate participation in humanities programs is about 82 percent greater than counting majors alone would suggest For the 2006 2007 academic year 122 100 students completed bachelor s degrees and 100 310 completed minor degrees in the three largest humanities disciplines English foreign languages and history Reflecting the demands of a global economy student interest in foreign language is strong during the 2006 2007 academic year foreign language departments awarded 28 710 baccalaureate degrees and had the largest number of students completing minors 51 670 Yet investment in a stable professoriate to teach and study foreign languages and literatures appears to be declining with a significant reduction in recruitment of full time faculty members 39 percent fewer recruitments for full time positions in 2008 2009 than hires for 2007 2008 and fewer total graduate students than faculty members the only surveyed discipline for which this was the case Turnover rates among humanities faculty were low only 2 5 percent of humanities faculty left the profession through departure retirement or death during the two academic years preceding the survey Combined with recently instituted hiring freezes on many campuses career opportunities for the next generation of scholars there were approximately 84 000 graduate students in the surveyed fields during the 2006 2007 academic year are limited Approximately 87 percent of humanities departments reported that their subject was part of the core distribution requirements at their institution The survey results provide a snapshot of U S humanities departments at the end of the first decade of the 21st century The survey covers a broad range of topics including numbers of departments and faculty members faculty distributions by discipline courses taught tenure activity undergraduate majors and minors and graduate students The data provide new information about each of the disciplines they also allow comparisons across disciplines These data are especially important because the U S Department of Education has indefinitely suspended the only nationally representative survey providing information about humanities faculty the National Study of Postsecondary Faculty Several national disciplinary societies collaborated with the Academy to develop field and interpret data gathered by the Humanities Departmental Survey the American Academy of Religion American Historical Association College Art Association History of Science Society Linguistic Society of America and the Modern Language Association The American Council of Learned Societies and the American Political Science Association also provided important assistance The survey was administered by the Statistical Research Center of the American Institute of Physics which also performed the basic data analysis Even though the humanities disciplines represent an essential core of the liberal arts curriculum they have long been data deprived The empirical data now available in the survey along with the rich collection of information already found in the Humanities Indicators begin to fill that gap and to establish baselines that will allow stakeholders to track trends in the future The Academy

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    Academy to Sustain a Robust Humanities Data Infrastructure 2 22 2010 Press Release WASHINGTON DC In its Fiscal Year 2011 budget proposal for the federal government the Obama Administration highlights the need for more and better data about the humanities and cites the Humanities Indicators as the model for a comprehensive humanities data infrastructure The American Academy of Arts and Sciences launched the Humanities Indicators online at www HumanitiesIndicators org in January 2009 and continues to update and expand them The Obama Administration s FY 2011 budget request for the National Endowment for the Humanities includes the following language Collect analyze and disseminate statistical information about the condition of the humanities In FY 2011 the Endowment plans to enter into a partnership with the American Academy of Arts and Sciences AAAS an honorary society in Cambridge Massachusetts founded in 1780 that recognizes achievement in the natural sciences social sciences the humanities and the arts to sustain and extend AAAS s developmental work on the Humanities Indicators project This project which is responsive to NEH s legislative mandate to develop a system of national information and data collection on the humanities is making a wide range of humanities data available to researchers educators and the general public These data will equip policymakers and institutional administrators with statistical tools to help inform decision making about primary and secondary education higher education the humanities workforce levels and sources of humanities funding public understanding of the humanities and other areas of concern to the humanities community The American Academy looks forward to working with the NEH to increase and improve access to humanities data for researchers policymakers and the general public said Leslie Berlowitz Chief Executive Officer and cochair of the Academy s Initiative for Humanities and Culture Members of the national humanities organizations

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    climate change through growth in nuclear energy The articles appearing in both volumes of the special Dædalus issue can be accessed on the Academy s web site at https www amacad org content publications publication aspx d 791 The volumes are part of the Academy s multi year Global Nuclear Future Initiative a project that brings together research groups focused on the nuclear industry the future fuel cycle the protection of nuclear materials and the emergence of a new international nuclear regulatory regime The work is principally supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation the Carnegie Corporation of New York the Alfred P Sloan Foundation and Fred Kavli of the Kavli Foundation Beginning in the late 1950s the Academy was instrumental in establishing arms control and nuclear proliferation as fields of academic study publishing a seminal issue of Dædalus on arms control in 1960 followed by special issues on Cold War arms control in 1975 and the future of arms control in 1991 For over a decade the Academy was also the U S sponsor of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs which received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1995 Steven E Miller and Scott D Sagan co directors of the Academy s Global Nuclear Future Initiative guest edited the double volume issue of Dædalus The new issue includes the following essays Pierre Goldschmidt Multilateral Nuclear Fuel Supply Guarantees and Spent Fuel Management What are the Priorities George Perkovich Global Implications of the U S India Deal Thomas Isaacs and Charles McCombie The Key Role of the Back end in the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Siegfried S Hecker Lessons Learned from the North Korean Nuclear Crises Jayantha Dhanapala The Management of NPT Diplomacy William C Potter The NPT and the Sources of Nuclear Restraint Atsuyuki Suzuki Toward a

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    Future is to identify refine and promote measures that will limit the safety security and proliferation risks associated with the anticipated global nuclear renaissance We cannot assume that as nuclear energy spreads to more countries a desirable nuclear order will arise spontaneously or automatically said Steven Miller of Harvard University co organizer of the conference and co leader of the Academy s larger initiative It will be important for all aspiring nuclear states to have an understanding and knowledge of the evolving non proliferation regime added Mohamed Shaker conference co organizer and former Egyptian diplomat Close cooperation and coordination is needed among new nuclear nations Participants in the Abu Dhabi meeting engaged in frank discussion about a number of complex issues including Operational safety of new nuclear facilities Protecting reactors from terrorist attacks sabotage and other security breaches Developing the human technical resources necessary to support new nuclear programs Ensuring the transparency of civilian nuclear power programs Economic viability of national nuclear construction initiatives Ways to strengthen the international nonproliferation regime including what some in nuclear aspiring states perceive to be an inconsistent application of protocols and obligations by nuclear nations The safe long term storage of spent nuclear fuel including opportunities for regional cooperation on waste repositories It is fitting that the meeting take place in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi the future site of the UAE s first nuclear power plant said Academy Chief Executive Officer Leslie Berlowitz She noted that the UAE s commitment to complete operational transparency of its nuclear program and adherence to the highest standards of safety security and nonproliferation have been praised as a global model Ambassador Hamad Al Kaabi the UAE s Permanent Representative to the IAEA briefed the conference on his country s nuclear program and the U S Ambassador to the UAE Richard Olson addressed the group on the two nations bilateral nuclear cooperation pact Conference participants included individuals with a diverse range of expertise and experience in nuclear program development regulation and nonproliferation and disarmament efforts They discussed bolstering what is widely viewed as a fragile international nonproliferation regime In May 2010 the 190 member states that are party to the international convention governing such issues the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty NPT will meet in Vienna for a once every five year Review Conference Participants in the Academy meeting explored common ground for strengthening key provisions of the United Nations sanctioned NPT For a summary of the Academy s Abu Dhabi meeting visit abudhabiReport pdf The Academy will sponsor a parallel meeting in Southeast Asia in 2010 at which the issues will be examined from that region s perspective The Academy s project on the Global Nuclear Future also includes expert study groups to explore practical approaches for improving the physical protection of nuclear facilities and materials engagement with nuclear plant builders and operators efforts to develop policies and proposals for new cooperative arrangements to manage the fuel cycle and explorations of ways to advance constructive dialog at the upcoming

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    P Sloan Foundation have each provided major support for the Academy project which brings together experts from the research engineering industry academic and policy communities to find and promote ways of minimizing the potential security risks posed by the expansion of nuclear energy While the world will rely on many sources to meet growing energy demand and to address concerns about climate change nuclear power is the only energy source that both avoids carbon emissions and is technologically mature enough for large scale deployment in a relatively short time frame according to project co directors Steven Miller Harvard University and Scott Sagan Stanford University In the future there will be more nuclear technology spread across more nations than ever before The goal of the Academy s Global Nuclear Future Initiative is to develop pragmatic recommendations for global nuclear growth that reduce the probability that a terrorist group could steal or acquire nuclear material from a nuclear facility diminish the likelihood that new nuclear states will retain and reprocess spent fuel materials which could facilitate their development of nuclear weapons increase the focus of the nuclear industry on non proliferation and security concerns limit the number of states with uranium enrichment facilities and strengthen the international nonproliferation treaty regime By bringing together constituencies in the United States and abroad that historically have not communicated with each other from government policy makers to the heads of non governmental organizations from nuclear engineers to industry leaders from social scientists to nonproliferation experts the Academy project seeks to contribute to a new global architecture for the nuclear future accounting for new players varying interests and changing realities We are grateful to these three foundations for partnering with the Academy to address one of the great challenges of our time said Chief Executive Officer Leslie

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    NY The recent financial crisis has exposed serious flaws in the relationship between corporate America and the larger society but it has also provided an extraordinary opportunity to reexamine and rebuild that relationship for the new century On November 30 2009 Rajat K Gupta and Roger W Ferguson Jr discussed these issues at an American Academy of Arts Sciences event in New York City entitled Challenges to Business and Society in the 21st Century The Way Forward Gupta is Senior Partner Emeritus of McKinsey Company Chairman of the Board of Genpact Ltd and a Fellow of the American Academy Ferguson is President and CEO of TIAA CREF and former Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board Gupta spoke of the need for business government and the public to cooperate to solve intractable problems that neither the public sector nor private sector can tackle alone For the smart business engagement with major social problems is not mere philanthropy or image building but is enlightened self interest based on the recognition that success depends upon the health of the society in which it operates Gupta identified healthcare access environmental protection financial regulatory reform and issues concerning rapid urbanization in emerging economies as major challenges that could benefit from public private partnerships Ferguson focused his comments on the role business should play in the economic recovery and spoke of the need for a new social contract to repair the strained relationship between corporations and the public He suggested a number of steps including creating new tools and incentives to help individuals save for retirement improving corporate governance and risk management programs to better align business strategy with the long term interests of shareholders and financial services firms taking the lead in promoting public financial literacy Ferguson states that by seizing these opportunities we

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