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Past Meetings and Events - 2015

Recordings available where noted.

December 2015

December 12-13, 2015
House of the Academy, Cambridge, MA
The 2015 Consortium on Autism and Sign Language
Mark Aronoff (Distinguished Professor, Stony Brook University)
Susan Goldin-Meadow (Beardsley Ruml Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago; Co-Director, Center for Gesture, Sign and Language)
Matthew Lerner (Assistant Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry, & Pediatrics, Stony Brook University)
Charles Nelson (Professor of Pediatrics and Neuroscience, Professor of Education, Harvard University, Boston Children’s Hospital)
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
House of the Academy, Cambridge, MA
Winter Concert
Featuring members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, 3BSO String Trio
Monday, December 7, 2015
Columbia University, New York, NY
Fear and Democracy: Reflections on Security and Freedom   Video
Jonathan F. Fanton (American Academy)
Samuel Issacharoff (New York University School of Law)
Ira Katznelson (Columbia University; Social Science Research Council)
Friday, December 4, 2015
Georgetown University, Washington, DC
The Crisis in Legal Education   Video
Jonathan F. Fanton (American Academy)
Robert A. Katzmann (United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit)
Philip G. Schrag (Georgetown University Law Center)
Louis Michael Seidman (Georgetown University Law Center)
William M. Treanor (Georgetown University Law Center)
Robin West (Georgetown University Law Center)
Patricia D. White (University of Miami School of Law)
Friday, December 4, 2015
House of the Academy, Cambridge, MA
Friday Forum
Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston
Michael Kubo (pinkcomma gallery)
Mark Pasnik (pinkcomma gallery)

November 2015

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
House of the Academy, Cambridge, MA
Chamber Series in collaboration with the Cantata Singers
Made in America: Songs by Barber, Copland, and Fine
Pre-concert talk with Yehudi Wyner (composer, pianist, conductor, and educator)
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
House of the Academy, Cambridge, MA
Inaugural Distinguished Morton L. Mandel Annual Public Lecture
Making Justice Accessible   Video
Associate Justice Goodwin Liu (California Supreme Court)
Judge David Tatel (United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit)
Chief Judge Diane Wood (United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit)
Friday, November 6, 2015
House of the Academy, Cambridge, MA
Friday Forum
Lincoln and the Jews: A Surprising History
Jonathan Sarna (Brandeis University)

October 2015

Thursday, October 22, 2015
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
The Role of Public Institutions in Higher Education
Robert M. Berdahl (formerly, Association of American Universities)
Philip Bredesen (former Governor of Tennessee)
Scott Coltrane (University of Oregon)
Geraldine Richmond (University of Oregon)
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine, La Jolla, CA
Scientific Advances and their Impact on Society   Video
John H. Evans (University of California, San Diego)
Lawrence Goldstein (University of California, San Diego School of Medicine)
Lisa Madlensky (University of California, San Diego Medical Center)
J. Craig Venter (Human Longevity, Inc.)
Jonathan F. Fanton (American Academy)
Gordon N. Gill (University of California, San Diego School of Medicine)
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Senate Visitor Center, Washington, DC
Innovation: An American Imperative
Video of this event is available on
At this symposium on Capitol Hill, leaders of private industry will highlight the goals and policies set forth in the Academy’s report, Restoring the Foundation: The Vital Role of Research in Preserving the American Dream.
Norman R. Augustine (Cochair, Restoring the Foundation report;
Lockheed Martin Corporation, ret.)
John D. Evans (Lockheed Martin Corporation)
Roger M. Perlmutter (Merck & Co., Inc.; Merck Research Laboratories)
Jeannette M. Wing (Microsoft Research)
October 9-11, 2015
Saturday, October 10, 2015
2015 Induction Ceremony
Monday, October 5, 2015
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
The Public Face of Research
A roundtable discussion hosted by the Academy’s Philadelphia area program committee

September 2015

Thursday, September 17, 2015
New York University, New York, NY
The Evolving Role of Technology in Higher Education   Video
Kevin Guthrie (President and Co-Founder, ITHAKA)
Daphne Koller (President and Co-Founder, Coursera, Inc.; Rajeev Motwani Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University)
Nicholas Lemann (Joseph Pulitzer II and Edith Pulitzer Moore Professor of Journalism and Dean Emeritus, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism)
Matthew Santirocco (Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Professor of Classics, Angelo J. Ranieri Director of Ancient Studies, New York University)
Welcome by
John Sexton (President, New York University)

June 2015

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Stanford University
Cosponsored by Stanford Live and the Center for International Security and Cooperation,
Stanford University
Reception to Welcome New Members from the Bay Area
and a program on Writing About War
Phil Klay (award-winning author)
Natasha Trethewey (Emory University)
Scott D. Sagan (Stanford University)
Jonathan F. Fanton (American Academy)
Monday, June 15, 2015
The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
Reception for
Washington, D.C., Area Fellows and Guests
Welcome Newly Elected Fellows

May 2015

Monday, May 11, 2015
House of the Academy, Cambridge, MA
Lecture-Recital: Discovering Handel’s London Through His Music
Ellen T. Harris (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and a performance by musicians of the Boston Early Music Festival
Monday, May 4, 2015
The Century Association, New York, NY
Reception for
New York Area Fellows and Guests
Welcome Newly Elected Fellows

April 2015

Thursday, April 30, 2015
Rice University, Houston, TX
Baker Institute Civic Scientist Symposium, featuring “Restoring the Foundation”
Norman R. Augustine (Lockheed Martin, ret.)
Steven Chu (Stanford University)
Jonathan F. Fanton (American Academy)
Neal Lane (Rice University)
Thursday, April 16, 2015
House of the Academy, Cambridge, MA
Technology & the Contemporary Self   Video
Peter Galison (Harvard University)
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Digital Humanities   Video
G. Wayne Clough (Smithsonian Institution)
Anne Cong-Huyen (Whittier College)
Charles Henry (Council on Library and Information Resources)
Stephen Nichols (Johns Hopkins University)
Angel Nieves (Hamilton College)
William G. Thomas (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

March 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015
House of the Academy, Cambridge, MA
An Evening with Robert Levin and Ya-Fei Chuang
Robert Levin (Harvard University; Sarasota Music Festival)
Ya-Fei Chuang (Boston Conservatory; New England Conservatory)
Thursday, March 5, 2015
House of the Academy, Cambridge, MA
40 Years of Evolution   Video
B. Rosemary Grant (Princeton University)
Peter R. Grant (Princeton University)
Jonathan B. Losos (Harvard University)

February 2015

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Duke University, Durham, NC
The Unstable Biomedical Research Ecosystem: How Can It Be Made More Robust?   Video
Nancy C. Andrews (Duke University School of Medicine)
Tania Baker (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Richard H. Brodhead (Duke University)
Jonathan F. Fanton (American Academy)
Mark C. Fishman (Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research)
Sally Kornbluth (Duke University)
Harold Varmus (National Cancer Institute)
Susan Wente (Vanderbilt University)
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
House of the Academy, Cambridge, MA
in collaboration with the Catalyst Collaborative@MIT
Mr g – The Story of Creation as Told by God   Video
Staged reading and panel discussion featuring
Alan Lightman (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Lisa Cahill (Boston College)
Jerome Friedman (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Edward Hall (Harvard University)
Thursday, February 5, 2015
University of California, Los Angeles
Reception for Southern California Area Fellows
and discussion of the Lincoln Project: Excellence and Access in Public Higher Education and of the Academy report Restoring the Foundation: The Vital Role of Research in Preserving the American Dream
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
University of California, Berkeley
Policy Perspectives on Police Use of Lethal Force   Video
Sujit Choudhry (UC Berkeley School of Law)
Nicholas B. Dirks (University of California, Berkeley)
Jonathan F. Fanton (American Academy)
Andrea Roth (UC Berkeley School of Law)
Franklin E. Zimring (UC Berkeley School of Law)
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Stanford University
Replenishing the Innovation Pipeline: The Role of University Research   Video
Ann Arvin (Stanford University)
Jonathan F. Fanton (American Academy)
John L. Hennessy (Stanford University)
Peter S. Kim (Stanford University)
Carla J. Shatz (Stanford University)

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