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  • The Academy in Paris - American Academy of Arts & Sciences
    Boston where I knew there was as much love of science and as many gentlemen who were capable of pursuing it as in any other city of its size The fact that the American Academy was founded in the midst of a revolution further inspired Adams to look to France for a model rather than to voice a cultural debt to Great Britain The concept of the intellectual in service to society a hallmark of the French Academy was reflected in the preface to the first volume of the Academy s Memoirs 1785 Knowledge of various kinds and greatly useful to mankind has taken the place of dry and uninteresting speculations of schoolmen and bold and erroneous hypothesis has been obliged to give way to demonstrative experiment The medal struck for the inaugural meeting of the French Academy depicts Minerva surrounded by symbols of astronomy anatomy and chemistry the Academy seal described in that first volume of Memoirs depicts Minerva surrounded by a quadrant a telescope and several instruments of husbandry Since its founding the American Academy has elected distinguished members from abroad Among the first Foreign Honorary Members elected in 1781 were the chevalier de la Luzerne who was the French minister to colonial America and the marquis de Barbé Marbois Within the next twenty years the marquis de Lafayette the marquis de Condorcet and Jean d Alembert were also elected There is even some evidence to indicate that the name Academy may have been chosen expressly to honor the French Academy and to discourage comparison between the American Academy and the Royal Society I must add however that very early in its history the American Academy elected members of the Royal Society as well as the Royal Academy in Stockholm and the St Petersburg Academy of Sciences We are pleased to welcome to this meeting today distinguished representatives from the Institut de France the Académie des sciences and the Académie française as well as from the British Academy the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Polish Academy of Sciences Despite the significant difference between a Royal Academy as it then was and John Adams s vision of an Academy for the new democratic republic Adams was impressed by the idea of the important role intellectuals might play in society as engaged citizens This idea influences the work of the Academy to this day Our Fellows and Foreign Honorary members represent the full range of disciplines arts and professions We currently organize the work of the Academy around three major themes Science Security and International Cooperation Children Higher Education and Social Policy and Humanities and Culture Our programs in science and security continue to carry out pathbreaking work in the areas of arms control human rights the sovereignty of nations global warming and international security Pugwash brings together influential scientists and public figures from around the world who are concerned with reducing the danger of armed conflict and seeking cooperative solutions for global problems In the area of deterrence the Academy s Committee on International Security Studies has been instrumental in overseeing a diverse program of research projects and outreach activities on global security issues including a just completed study of the International Criminal Court The Academy has been attentive to issues of social policy focusing on the future of cities in the new century income inequality and its consequences and the impact of ever increasing immigration among societies around the globe Our studies on higher education range from analyses of changing systems of research to the impact of electronic communication on science and scholarship Through our Initiatives for Children program we have been active in analyzing the perplexing problems confronting children today including issues of health and education Our newest initiative focuses on the often neglected fields of the humanities and liberal arts under threat in our increasingly technological world The Academy has a strong interest in better understanding the state of the humanities today and in communicating their importance to the wider society Indeed the role of the engaged citizen uppermost in the minds of the founding members of the American Academy remains fundamental to all of our activities In a time of specialization the Academy continues to bring together scholars and experts from all fields business government independent research organizations and academe to work collaboratively on issues that affect our global fabric The purpose of all of our work goes beyond the study and publication of scholarly treatises It is intended to enlighten public debate and inform policy choices To appreciate the role of the intellectual in modern societies and democracies we need look no further than the example of Vaclav Havel who as a playwright in prison under the Communists and later as president of Czechoslovakia and then of the Czech Republic demonstrated that intellectuals can and do matter in the daily conduct of democratic affairs They matter because they express ideas clearly They matter because they are able by the inspired use of language to transport us to a higher vantage point of observation on the moral horizon of our lives In accepting the call to political responsibility that his nation issued Havel recognized that at certain moments intellectuals must become persons of public power The power that intellectuals exert through participation in our Académies is to be sure not directly political but it can have a momentous impact on society During the dark years of World War II and the cold war it was often the members of Académies in the United States the Soviet Union and elsewhere who kept open the channels of discussion across the world Advancing truth knowledge and understanding is the 220 year goal of the American Academy and of our sister Académies so well represented here today I anticipate a bright future for all nations that are determined to advance knowledge and I am pleased indeed to welcome our Foreign Honorary Members and the representatives of sister Académies to this celebration of the role of the intellectual in

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  • Immigration: Proposition 187 - Five Years Later - American Academy of Arts & Sciences
    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 Immigration Proposition 187 Five Years Later 1827th Stated Meeting La Jolla California Ruth S Adams Frank D Bean Leo R Chavez and Min Zhou November 6 1999 The 1827th Stated Meeting of the Western Center was held on Saturday November 6 1999 at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps University of California San Diego It included a reception docent tours of the aquarium dinner an induction ceremony for new Fellows and a panel discussion The subject of the discussion was Immigration Proposition 187 Five Years Later It addressed the controversial California ballot initiative that sought to deny education and other services to illegal immigrants The measure approved by voters in 1994 was declared unconstitutional and has never been enforced Ruth Adams a visiting scholar at the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation UC San Diego acted as moderator Panel members were Frank D Bean professor of sociology UC Irvine Leo R Chavez

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  • Gut Reactions: How Caterpillars Eat Plants - American Academy of Arts & Sciences
    Overview Induction 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 Gut Reactions How Caterpillars Eat Plants 1826th Stated Meeting Chicago May Berenbaum October 23 1999 On Saturday October 23 the Midwest Center held its Stated Meeting and regional induction ceremony at the Field Museum in Chicago Entomologist May Berenbaum who presented the evening s communication is known primarily for her research on how chemicals mediate interactions between plants and insects She has studied the co evolutionary arms race between plants that secrete toxic phytochemicals and insects that adapt to them Her interests include the energetic costs to plants of producing toxins the costs to insects of detoxifying or avoiding them and the patterns of host plant use by various insects Berenbaum has contributed numerous articles to scientific journals and is the author of over fifty popular works on insects including Bugs in the System Insects and Their Impact on Human Affairs 1994 She has served as an associate editor of Chemoecology and the Journal of Chemical Ecology as well as a member of the editorial board of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and editor of the Annual Review of Entomology The Entomological Society of America has recognized her with its Founder s Award 1994 and its North Central Branch Distinguished Teacher Award 1996 The meeting opened with an induction ceremony for newly elected Fellows from the Midwest region followed by dinner and the program Prior to the meeting Fellows and guests were invited to a private viewing of the exhibit Cartier

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  • The Impeachment: A Review - American Academy of Arts & Sciences
    Books Research Papers Monographs and Project Publications Meetings Overview Induction 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 The Impeachment A Review 1821st Stated Meeting Western Center Jesse H Choper Vikram D Amar Nelson W Polsby and Deborah L Rhode March 20 1999 Stanford University was the site for the 1821st Stated Meeting Welcoming talks by Gerhard Casper president of Stanford University Academy president Daniel C Tosteson and Academy Chief Executive Officer Leslie Berlowitz were followed by a panel discussion on Impeachment and Trial of the President A Review Jesse H Choper UC Berkeley School of Law acted as moderator Panel members were Vikram Amar Hastings College of Law Nelson Polsby Institute of Governmental Studies at University of California Berkeley and Deborah Rhode Stanford Law School They provided an analytical review of the proceedings and discussed the legal and societal implications of this historical event Their presentations were followed by spirited dialogue with the

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  • A Day at the Getty Center - American Academy of Arts & Sciences
    Publications Meetings Overview Induction 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 A Day at the Getty Center 1816th Stated Meeting Western Center Michael Palladino and John Walsh November 14 1998 The new Getty Center in Los Angeles California hosted the 1816th Stated Meeting of the Western Center Featured were museum and architectural tours as well as a special tour of the Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities Following the induction ceremony for new Fellows there were three presentations Michael Palladino of Richard Meier and Partners spoke about the design and construction of the Getty Center Salvatore Settis director of the Getty Research Center for the History of Art and the Humanities gave a talk and slide presentation on the origin and use of gestures in the history of art John Walsh director of the J Paul Getty Museum discussed the museum s acquisitions policy as well as the

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  • Free Speech at the End of the Century - American Academy of Arts & Sciences
    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 Free Speech at the End of the Century 1814th Stated Meeting Midwest Center Lee C Bollinger and Robyn Meredith October 31 1998 At the fall Stated Meeting of the Midwest Center Lee Bollinger president of the University of Michigan led a panel discussion on Free Speech at the End of the Century An authority on the First Amendment and mass media law Bollinger is a former professor of law and dean of the University of Michigan Law School and most recently provost of Dartmouth College He is the author of Images of a Free Press and The Tolerant Society Freedom of Speech and Extremist Speech in America The meeting was held at the Rackham Center on the campus of the University of Michigan on October 31 It opened with an induction ceremony for new Fellows from the Midwest region Prior to the meeting Fellows and guests attended

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  • Press Releases - American Academy of Arts & Sciences
    password American Academy of Arts and Sciences Presents Scholar Patriot Award to Yo Yo Ma 3 24 2011 Press Release CAMBRIDGE Mass The American Academy of Arts and Sciences presented the Scholar Patriot Award to acclaimed cellist and humanist Yo Yo Ma in recognition of his lifetime achievements as a musician educator and champion of multicultural understanding The Scholar Patriot Award is one of the 230 year old Academy s most prestigious honors given for extraordinary contributions of individuals who share the founders vision of service Academy President Leslie Cohen Berlowitz and Chair Louis W Cabot presented the award on March 23 2011 at a private solo performance by Ma at the Academy s Cambridge headquarters The motto of the American Academy is Cherishing Knowledge Shaping the Future and Yo Yo Ma exemplifies these ideals said President Berlowitz Through his solo and collaborative interpretations of Bach and other masters he has reinterpreted and enriched the classical tradition And by drawing on diverse genres and cultures he has added profoundly to the musical vocabulary of this generation Berlowitz also noted Ma s extensive educational work including his training and mentorship of thousands of youth around the world and his innovative Silk Road Project Ma was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1993 He currently serves as a member of the Academy s national Commission on the Humanities and Social 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 science and technology policy global security social policy the humanities and culture and education With headquarters in Cambridge Massachusetts the Academy s work is advanced by its 4 300 elected members who

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  • Sen. Edward M. Kennedy Receives Scholar-Patriot Award - American Academy of Arts & Sciences
    Induction 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 Sen Edward M Kennedy Receives Scholar Patriot Award 2008 WASHINGTON DC The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has presented its prestigious Scholar Patriot award to Sen Edward M Kennedy in honor of his distinguished service to the Academy the community and the nation The recognition is granted for the extraordinary contributions of individuals who share the founding fathers vision of service Sen Kennedy is the fourth individual to receive the 229 year old Academy s Scholar Patriot award The Academy recognized Sen Kennedy for his four decades as a fierce defender of the ideals of opportunity equity and justice and for his stalwart support of science and the humanities Throughout his career he has been tireless in his efforts to ensure quality education and health care for all Americans He was instrumental to the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act the State Children

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