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Past Meetings and Events - 2002

December 2002

December 11, 2002
1866th Stated Meeting
Stanford University's Persi Diaconis illustrated The Problems of Thinking Too Much at the 1866th Stated Meeting of the Academy. The communication was presented on December 11, 2002 at the House of the Academy in Cambridge.
December 8, 2002
Annual Holiday Concert
The Boston Trio performed at the Academy's annual holiday concert on December 8, 2002. The event began at 3:00 p.m. at the House of the Academy in Cambridge.
December 4, 2002
1865th Stated Meeting
Academy Fellow and Professor of the History of Art at the Institute for Advanced Study J. Kirk Varnedoe spoke on Matisse, Picasso, and the Idea of Influence at the 1865th Stated Meeting of the Academy. Dr. Varnedoe is a co-curator of the exhibition, Matisse Picasso at MoMA in Queens, N.Y. The Stated Meeting took place in The Rockefeller University's Caspary Auditorium.
About J. Kirk Varnedoe

November 2002

November 13, 2002
1864th Stated Meeting
On November 13, Harvard University's John Holdren presented the communication Environmental Change and the Human Condition at the Academy's 1864th Stated Meeting. The event took place at the House of the Academy in Cambridge.
About John P. Holdren
November 2, 2002
1863rd Stated Meeting (Napa Valley, California)
The Western Center's fall Stated Meeting took place in the wine country of Napa Valley, California, on Saturday, November 2, 2002. The communication was presented by Carole P. Meredith, Professor of Vitaculture and Enology at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Meredith is a renowned specialist in the DNA and genealogy of grapes. The event was preceded by a tour of COPIA: The American Center for Wine, Food & the Arts.

October 2002

The Comedy of Errors as Early Experimental Shakespeare (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
The 1862nd Stated Meeting, sponsored by the Midwest Center, was held at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts on the evening of Saturday, October 26, 2002. The communication, given by David Bevington (University of Chicago), was entitled The Comedy of Errors as Early Experimental Shakespeare. The talk was preceded by a private tour of the exhibition American Sublime: Epic Landscape of our Nation 1820-1880.
Induction
The Induction Ceremony for newly elected Fellows and Foreign Honorary Members took place at the 1861st Stated Meeting, held on Saturday, October 5, 2002 at Sanders Theater on the Harvard University campus. The ceremony was preceded by an afternoon orientation session at the House of the Academy; new members were introduced to the Academy's history, programs, and publications.

May 2002

Global Climate Change and the Making of a Report to the President of the United States (Western Center)
In the spring of 2001, President George W. Bush issued a special request to the National Academy of Sciences for an analysis of current scientific thinking on global warming. On May 18, 2002 at the 1860th Stated Meeting, UC Irvine Chancellor Ralph Cicerone discussed the findings of the report, which he authored, in a communication entitled Global Climate Change and the Making of a Report to the President. The commentator for the evening was Nobel laureate F. Sherwood Rowland, Donald Bren Research Professor of Chemistry and Earth System Science at UC Irvine.
Literature and Religion (Annual Meeting)
Novelist E. L. Doctorow, the Lewis and Loretta Gluckman Professor in American Letters at New York University, presented a communication entitled Literature and Religion at the Academy's Annual Meeting (the 1859th Stated Meeting) on May 8, 2002. The author of The Book of Daniel, Billy Bathgate , and other noted books, Doctorow is known for his skillful blending of fiction and fact into the reconstruction of eras in American History.

April 2002

A Report Card on Education and Reform
On April 10, Marshall S. Smith, Professor of Education at Stanford University, presented A Report Card on Education and Reform at the 1858th Stated Meeting of the Academy. At this meeting the Academy honored Dr. Howard Hiatt for his leadership of The Initiatives for Children Program and Professor Frederick Mosteller for a lifetime of contributions to the evaluation of education reform.

March 2002

Congress and the Supreme Court
On March 21, 2002, Senator Charles Schumer (D-New York) and Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III, U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, discussed the changing relationship between Congress and the Court at a special meeting of the American Academy in Washington, D.C. The presentation was followed by a panel discussion including Academy Fellows Jesse Choper, Robert C. Post, and Nelson W. Polsby of the University of California, Berkeley, Abner Mikva of the University of Chicago Law School and a former member of Congress, and Linda Greenhouse of The New York Times.
John Adams and the Good Life of the Mind
To honor the close relationship between the American Academy and John Adams, on March 13th acclaimed historian and author David McCullough discussed John Adams and The Good Life of the Mind at the Academy's 1856th Stated Meeting. The meeting was held at Harvard's Memorial Church and was presented in collaboration with the Boston Athenaeum.

February 2002

A World Changed? Art Museums After September 11
James Cuno, Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director of the Harvard University Art Museums, addressed the changing role of art museums after September 11 at the 1855th Stated Meeting of the Academy, held on February 13, 2002.
Whither China: Strategic Competitor? Global Trader? Anti-Terrorist Partner?
Roderick MacFarquhar of Harvard University, Jonathan Spence of Yale University, Jerome A. Cohen of New York University, and Tu Weiming of Harvard University discussed China's role in the global community at the 1854th Stated Meeting of the Academy, held on February 7th at the TIAA-CREF building in New York City.
Security and Civil Liberties
On February 4, 2002, former Assistant Secretary of State Harold Koh, former ACLU president Norman Dorsen, and former Director of the CIA John Deutch discussed the potential tradeoffs between security and civil liberties at the Academy's 1853rd Stated Meeting. The panel presentation was followed by a question-and-answer session.

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