2019 Induction Weekend: Induction Ceremony

Oct 12, 2019 |
Cambridge, MA
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We invited all newly elected members to join us for the induction ceremony. Following an introduction from Academy President David Oxtoby, a greeting to our International Honorary Members from James Cuno, reading of the traditions of membership, reading from the letters of John and Abigail Adams by Jane and Ronald Olson, and a performance by the Boston Children's Chorus, we heard from our class speakers.

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Our Class I: Mathematical and Physical Sciences speakers were climatologists Ellen Mosley-Thompson and Lonnie G. Thompson. The Class II: Biological Sciences speaker was microbiologist Jo Handelsman. For Class III: Social and Behavioral Sciences, we heard from diplomat Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein. Our Class IV: Humanities and Arts speaker was historian Margaret D. Jacobs, and the speaker for Class V: Public Affairs, Business, and Administration was lawyer and advocate Sherrilyn Ifill.

Class I Speakers
Ellen Mosley-Thompson, Lonnie G. Thompson
Class II Speaker
Jo Handelsman
Class III Speaker
Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein
Class IV Speaker
Margaret D. Jacobs
Class V Speaker
Sherrilyn Ifill