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Talcott Parsons Prize Ceremony and Address: Two Systems in the Mind

House of the Academy, Cambridge, MA
November 09, 2011

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INTRODUCTION:
Harriet Zuckerman is Senior Fellow and former Senior Vice President of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Professor of Sociology Emerita at Columbia University. Her research has focused on the social organization of science and scholarship. The author of Scientific Elite: Nobel Laureates in the United States, coauthor of Educating Scholars: Doctoral Education in the Humanities, and coeditor, among other volumes, of The Outer Circle: Women in the Scientific Community, she has also published in scholarly journals on subjects such as the reward system in science, the emergence of scientific specialties, the careers of men and women scientists, and graduate education more generally. She has served on the editorial boards of the American Sociological Review and the American Journal of Sociology and the board of reviewing editors of Science. A former Trustee of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and a current member of the board of Annual Reviews, Inc., she has served on the boards of directors of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Social Science Research Council, and as President of the Society for Social Studies of Science. She currently serves as Vice President of the American Philosophical Society. She was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1985. Video (8 mins)
REMARKS:
Daniel Kahneman is Senior Scholar, Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs Emeritus, and Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology Emeritus at Princeton University. He is also a Fellow of the Center for Rationality at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has held the position of Professor of Psychology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (1970–1978), the University of British Columbia (1978–1986), and the University of California, Berkeley (1986–1994). He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, the Society of Experimental Psychologists, and the Econometric Society. He received the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences (2002); the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of the American Psychological Association (1982) and the Grawemeyer Prize (2002), both jointly with Amos Tversky; the Warren Medal of the Society of Experimental Psychologists (1995); the Hilgard Award for Career Contributions to General Psychology (1995); and the Lifetime Contribution Award of the American Psychological Association (2007). He is the recipient of the 2011 Talcott Parsons Prize of the American Academy. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1993. Video (29 mins)
PRESENTATION OF THE TALCOTT PARSONS PRIZE:
William Julius Wilson is Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1996. Previously, he was a member of the faculty, the Lucy Flower University Professor, and Director of the Center for the Study of Urban Inequality at the University of Chicago. He is Past President of the American Sociological Association, a former MacArthur Fellow, and the recipient of the 1998 National Medal of Science. He has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Education, the American Philosophical Society, the Institute of Medicine, and the British Academy. In 1996, he was selected by Time magazine as one of America’s 25 Most Influential People. He is the author of numerous publications, including The Declining Significance of Race, winner of the American Sociological Association’s Sydney Spivack Award, and The Truly Disadvantaged, which was selected by the New York Times Book Review as one of the 16 best books of 1987. He has served as Chair of the Board of The Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and of the Russell Sage Foundation. In 2003, he was awarded the Talcott Parsons Prize by the American Academy. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1988. Video (5 mins)

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