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  • Press Releases - American Academy of Arts & Sciences
    Sciences will release a special issue of Dædalus dedicated to the Humanities The Spring 2006 edition of the quarterly journal will appear in mid April The new issue maps the development and evolution of seven humanities disciplines in the 21st century The seven disciplines traced in this issue are American Literature Comparative Literature History Art History African American Studies Law and the Humanities and Philosophy Seismic shifts have altered individual disciplines in the humanities in the course of the twentieth century writes Patricia Meyer Spacks Academy president and consulting editor for the issue Those transformations can change our cultural heritage and thus our grasp of what it means to live in the world The Dædalus issue includes essays by Spacks Steven Marcus Anthony Grafton Andrew Delbanco Pauline Yu Thomas Crow Gerald Early Jack M Balkin and Sanford Levinson and Dagfinn Føllesda l and Michael Friedman The Academy s Humanities Initiative focuses on the new and increasingly complex challenges that are reshaping conditions for the humanities in the United States One component of that initiative is the creation of the Humanities Indicators a prototype set of data that will provide a comprehensive picture of the state of the humanities in the United States The Academy recently received a three year 701 000 grant from the Andrew W Mellon Foundation to support the Humanities Indicators Project In addition to compiling data about the humanities the Academy will continue to provide qualitative analysis of the state of the humanities and the trends that affect them Dædalus was founded in 1955 as the Journal of the Academy and was established as a quarterly in 1958 It draws on the enormous intellectual capacity of the American Academy whose Fellows are among the nation s most prominent thinkers in the arts sciences and the humanities as

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    and doers leaders in their professions who embraced a commitment to public service for the good of society and the nation We are proud to honor three exemplary models of that tradition who each in his own way has made a distinctive and positive impact on this region and well beyond it As the ninth chancellor of the University of California Berkeley Robert Birgeneau has distinguished himself as one of the world s most cited experimental physicists and a relentless advocate for access to higher education The Academy recognized Birgeneau for his abiding commitment to excellence in teaching and research and a long standing determination to uphold the principles of access and inclusion John Hennessy has been the president of Stanford University since 2000 He first came to Stanford as a faculty member in 1977 and has held a succession of key administrative and academic positions including Director of Computer System Laboratory Chair of Computer Science Department Dean of the School of Engineering and Provost He is the father of RISC computer architecture and cofounder of MIPS Computer Systems The Academy praised Hennessy for being an innovative leader in the entwined development of Silicon Valley and Stanford University and for working to create knowledge stretch boundaries and broaden the educational enterprise As a writer director and producer George Lucas has pioneered the use of digital technology and revolutionized the movie industry His films and television programs have received over ninety Oscars Emmys and other prestigious industry awards The George Lucas Educational Foundation a nonprofit organization uses technology to promote innovative learning in schools across the nation The Academy honors Lucas for conceiving universes of mythic proportions that have become part of our collective conciousness noting that his fusion of art and technology has set an unsurpassed standard for cinematic excellence

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    and the public on the Academy website In comparison with science and engineering the humanities lack both funding and statistical information according to Humanities Indicators Project co chair Patricia Meyer Spacks of the University of Virginia who is also president of the Academy Public support of the humanities lags when no accurate data buttresses the need and importance of support The Humanities Indicators Project begins to provide such data Dr Norman Bradburn a nationally recognized researcher on survey methodology at the National Opinion Research Center and the University of Chicago will oversee the collection and analysis of data from existing sources as well as data generated from cooperative efforts with learned societies public humanities groups and other agencies Bradburn noted that in addition to creating reliable benchmarks to guide future analysis of the humanities a goal of the project is to develop a consistent and sustainable means of updating the data He is co directing the project with Spacks The nation lacks a broad based quantitative analysis of the status of the humanities in the United States noted Leslie Berlowitz Chief Executive Officer of the American Academy The field and the country need more reliable empirical data about what is being taught in the humanities how they re funded the size of the work force and public attitudes toward the field This is a key goal of the Academy s humanities program The Indicators Project will be an important step in closing that fundamental knowledge gap for the benefit of scholars policymakers and the public at large The Humanities Indicators Project part of the Academy s Initiative for the Humanities and Culture follows its groundbreaking 2002 report Making the Humanities Count The Importance of Data That report is available for download from the Academy s website at https www amacad org content publications publication aspx d 358 The Initiative is co chaired by Spacks Steven Marcus of Columbia University Denis Donoghue of New York University and Francis C Oakley of Williams College The Academy began the Initiative for the Humanities and Culture to improve knowledge of the state of humanities to provide a framework to examine the significance of humanities in our national culture and to develop resources and policies that will ensure the continued growth and health of the humanities The Humanities Indicators Project marks an initial effort toward creating an infrastructure that will broadly support policy research in the humanities Central to education at all levels the humanities provide historical comparative and critical analyses of human thought and culture As academic fields they include history literature languages art history philosophy and law Organizations partnering with the Academy in the Indicators Project include the American Council of Learned Societies the Association of American Universities the Modern Language Association the American Historical Association and the National Humanities Alliance As part of its Initiative for the Humanities and Culture the Academy is completing three volumes to be published this year The Humanities and the Dynamics of Inclusion edited by David Hollinger

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    distinctive and positive impact on this city and well beyond it As Chairman of the Board of Directors of Millennium Park Inc John Bryan led the private effort to finance the new lakefront public park He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Art Institute of Chicago a trustee of the University of Chicago and the past Chairman and a current member of The Chicago Council on Foreign Relations He is the retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Sara Lee Corporation The Academy recognized Bryan for bringing a commitment to all that is beautiful to the citizens of Chicago enriching their enjoyment of long established institutions and creating a vision that shines with the brilliance of Cloud Gate Richard J Franke has been the driving force behind the Chicago Humanities Festival a citywide event he first proposed in 1989 and has led ever since Under his guidance the festival has grown from a collaboration of five organizations the Art Institute of Chicago the Chicago Symphony Orchestra the Lyric Opera of Chicago the University of Chicago and the Mayor s Office of Special Events to a four day event involving 26 institutions and attracting 25 000 people to its 91 programs He has served as chairman of the Illinois Humanities Council member of the President s Committee on the Arts and Humanities and chairman of the National Trust for the Humanities He is chairman emeritus and former CEO of investment banking firm John Nuveen Co The Academy praised Franke for championing the values of liberal education and reaffirming the place of the humanities as central to our nation Don Michael Randel has been President of the University of Chicago since 2000 Next year he will become President of the Andrew W Mellon Foundation Prior to coming to

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    Academy Award winning screenwriter Horton Foote a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman the co founders of Google Larry Page and Sergey Brin and the chairman and CEO of Time Inc Ann Moore and of the Washington Post Company Donald Graham The 196 Fellows and 17 Foreign Honorary Members who make up the American Academy s 225th class are leaders in scholarship business the arts and public affairs They come from 26 states and 10 countries and include Nobel and Pulitzer Prize laureates MacArthur and Guggenheim fellows A complete list of new members is available on the Academy s website at https www amacad org content members members aspx The Academy takes great pride in honoring the accomplishments of these outstanding and influential individuals said Academy President Patricia Meyer Spacks who will officiate at the day s proceedings Throughout its history Fellows of the Academy have been dedicated to advancing intellectual thought and constructive action in America and the world We are confident that our newest group of Fellows will help us fulfill that mission in significant ways The Induction ceremony is an opportunity to both welcome new members and celebrate the rich history of the organization now well into its third century of service to the nation said Chief Executive Officer Leslie Berlowitz The Academy both honors excellence by electing members to its fellowship and draws on that distinguished membership to address critical social and intellectual issues Its programs support practical policy approaches to the most intractable problems of the day It does so through studies publications meetings and symposia The unique structure of the Academy allows members to conduct interdisciplinary studies that draw on the full range of academic and professional fields of its members On Saturday new members will learn about the Academy s wide ranging research

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    at Columbia University Elizabeth Lyman Harvard University assistant professor of English American literature and language Jennifer Marshall postdoctoral scholar in art history at the University of California Los Angeles Jason Puskar post doctoral scholar in English at Harvard University Jennifer Ratner Rosenhagen assistant professor of history at the University of Miami Sarah Song assistant professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Sharon Weiner assistant professor of U S foreign policy at American University s School of International Service Fellowships in the humanities and social sciences are limited said Academy Chief Executive Officer Leslie Berlowitz The Visiting Scholars Program offers an opportunity for newer scholars to engage in interdisciplinary studies of complex social and intellectual issues The ability to interact with Academy Fellows who bring an unparalleled wealth of knowledge from diverse scholarly and professional backgrounds also provides a unique intergenerational opportunity for Visiting Scholars Launched in 2002 the Visiting Scholars Program is chaired by James Carroll author historian Boston Globe columnist and Academy Fellow The fellowships combine the scholars individual research with participation in the many ongoing programs and activities at the Academy In addition a major archival initiative launched in conjunction with the Academy s 225th anniversary will make available historical records that capture firsthand perspectives of the nation s academic political and business leaders since its founding Members of the first three classes of Visiting Scholars have secured teaching and research positions at Boston Case Western Reserve Columbia Harvard Northwestern and Yale universities They have also published a number of books and articles Guidelines and application forms for the Visiting Scholars Program are available on the Academy s website https www amacad org content about about aspx d 363 t 4 s 0 The Academy s University Affiliates a group of nearly 50 colleges

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    fragile Georgian state beset by internal conflict and threatened by regional violence spilling over its borders Georgia s internal and external vulnerabilities writes Legvold produce the kind of security dilemma endured by only the most endangered countries As the essays in Statehood and Security indicate the threats to Georgia s security reflect the region s tumultuous history and precarious present The contributors to the volume examine the many dimensions of Georgia s struggle for security including its divided national identity the effects of corruption criminal activity and paramilitary groups on state institutions the challenges presented by breakaway South Ossetia and Abkhazia and the role of the U S and Europe in the Caucasus region Little study is given to the impact of external and internal forces on the security of the post Soviet area said Leslie Berlowitz Chief Executive Officer of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences This book analyzes the complicated choices that Georgia faces in its domestic and foreign security policy and provides a case study for the security challenges in the region The collection of essays is co edited by Legvold and Bruno Coppieters associate professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel The volume includes pieces by Georgian and non Georgian authors ranging from David Darchiashvili Open Society Georgia Foundation Jaba Devdariani United Nations Association of Georgia Ghia Nodia Caucasus Institute for Peace Democracy and Development and Oksana Antonenko International Institute for Strategic Studies to Christopher Zürcher Free University Berlin Thomas de Waal Institute for War and Peace Reporting Giorgi Gogia International Crisis Group and Damien Helly formerly of International Crisis Group Statehood and Security Georgia after the Rose Revolution published in English by MIT Press and Russian by Interdialect Moscow is the fourth of a series of books from the project on International Security in the Post Soviet Space which is directed by the Academy s Committee on International Security Studies Other volumes assess the evolving stakes of major powers like the United States Europe and China in Central Asia the impact of economic factors on the national security policies of Ukraine and Belarus and the role of contemporary Russia as a military actor The project is supported by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York More information about the project and about the Committee on International Security Studies is available online at https www amacad org content Research researchproject aspx d 44 Reviewer Comments on Statehood and Security Georgia after the Rose Revolution Balanced insightful and authoritative this examination of a strategically important nation at a crucial moment in its emergence as an independent democracy could hardly be timelier Georgia s attainment of stability security and successful statehood matters not just to its own people but to its neighbors including Russia and to the entire international community This book explains why and elucidates the complexities of the challenge Strobe Talbott President Brookings Institution The need for a comprehensive and up to date analysis of the security challenges facing Georgia today is finally satisfied

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    paper is available online at https www amacad org content publications publication aspx d 354 America has long been considered by nations around the world to be the unchallenged leader in all aspects of its space program according to authors George Abbey former head of the Johnson Space Center and Neal Lane former Assistant to the President on Science and Technology Policy But they warn the future vitality of America s space program is in question Government leaders are making decisions about U S space policy that will affect not only national security but also the ability of the United States to successfully compete with other countries in the commercial use of space and to maintain a leadership role in space exploration science and engineering and technology Though their assessment reveals significant obstacles to the continued success of the U S space industry and space science Abbey and Lane believe these obstacles are surmountable and offer recommendations for realigning U S space policy to advance U S interests Foremost among their recommendations are the promotion of international cooperation on space related activities and the realignment of national objectives for space science and exploration with international agreements As Abbey and Lane write International cooperation in space will be crucial if we are to reap the benefits of scientific research and human exploration United States Space Policy Challenges and Opportunities is one of several Occasional Papers commissioned as part of the Reconsidering the Rules of Space project which is directed by the Academy s Committee on International Security Studies The project convenes parties with diverse interests to propose an international framework for the future of space use commercial scientific and military Other papers consider the physical laws governing the pursuit of security in space published May 2005 Chinese and Russian perspectives on

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