2022 Projects, Publications & Meetings of the Academy

Member Events

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The Academy holds events around the country and the world that bring members, Affiliates, and others in their communities together to explore topics of national and global concern. Most of the events were held online this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with opportunities to return to some in-person and hybrid events primarily in the spring. Academy President David W. Oxtoby provided opening remarks for most of the meetings.


Virtual Meetings

July 15, 2021

“Good Enough” Governance and Peacekeeping
Cohosted with the United Nations Department of Peace Operations

Featured Speakers: Karl Eikenberry (U.S. Department of State; Tsinghua University); Vanda Felbab-Brown (Brookings Institution); Stephen Krasner (Stanford University); Clare Lockhart (Yale University); Stephen Stedman (Stanford University); Introduction: Jean-Pierre Lacroix (United Nations)

September 15, 2021

Now What? An Action Plan for Advancing Arts Education
Cohosted with the Arts Education Partnership

Featured Speakers: Porché Hardy (The Wallace Foundation); John Lithgow (Actor, Author); Sonia Manzano (Actress, Author); Mario Rossero (National Art Education Association); Nemisa Samanthapudi (Student); Moderator: Allentza Michel (American Academy of Arts and Sciences)

September 28, 2021

Celebration of New Members

Featured Speakers: Nancy Andrews (Duke University); Ann Fudge (Young and Rubicam Brands); John Lithgow (Actor, Author); Eric Liu (Citizen University); Geraldine Richmond (University of Oregon); David Rubenstein (The Carlyle Group); Marcelo Suárez-Orozco (University of Massachusetts Boston); Natasha Trethewey (Northwestern University)

October 18, 2021

A Virtual Welcome to New Members in Philadelphia*

Moderators: Kathleen Hall Jamieson (University of Pennsylvania); Nora Newcombe (Temple University)

October 27, 2021

New Horizons: Elevating the Arts in American Life

Featured Speakers: Stephen Colbert (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert); John Lithgow (Actor, Author); Deborah Rutter (The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts); Natasha Trethewey (Northwestern University)

November 1, 2021

A Toast to New Members in Chicago*

Featured Speaker: Helene Gayle (Chicago Community Trust); Introduction: Young-Kee Kim (University of Chicago); Richard Morimoto (Northwestern University)

November 9, 2021

The Afterlife of the Humanities Major
Cohosted with the National Humanities Center

Featured Speakers: Pam Hendrickson (The Riverside Company); Rebekah Paré (University of Wisconsin-Madison); Ben Vinson (Case Western Reserve University); Moderator: Robert Newman (National Humanities Center)

December 1, 2021

How Higher Education Can Save American Democracy: A Convening of American Academy Affiliates

Featured Speakers: Melody Barnes (University of Virginia); Ronald Daniels (Johns Hopkins University); Ben Vinson (Case Western Reserve University); Moderator: Lisa García Bedolla (University of California, Berkeley)

December 7, 2021

The Supreme Court’s Transformational Year: A Conversation with Linda Greenhouse*
Morton L. Mandel Conversation

Featured Speaker: Linda Greenhouse (Yale Law School)

December 9, 2021

Congressional Briefing: The Value of Equitable Arts Education

Featured Speakers: Suzanne Bonamici (U.S. House of Representatives); Brian Kisada (University of Missouri); John Lithgow (Actor, Author); Mwalim Peters (University of Massachusetts Dartmouth); Chellie Pingree (U.S. House of Representatives); Deborah Rutter (The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts); David Sousa (Cognitive Neuroscience Society); Paul Sznewajs (Ingenuity); Natasha Trethewey (Northwestern University)

December 16, 2021

Should the House of Representatives Be Expanded?
Cohosted with the American Enterprise Institute

Featured Speakers: Yuval Levin (American Enterprise Institute); Lee Drutman (New America); Kevin Kosar (American Enterprise Institute); Ruth Bloch Rubin (University of Chicago); Jonah Goldberg (American Enterprise Institute)

January 28, 2022

Emerging Science Partners and the Future of Global Research

Featured Speakers: Bruce Alberts (University of California, San Francisco); Kerri-Ann Jones (U.S. State Department); Shirley Malcom (American Association for the Advancement of Science); Khaled Toukan (Jordan Atomic Energy Commission); Moderator: Olufunmilayo Olopade (University of Chicago); Introduction: Peter Michelson (Stanford University)

January 31, 2022

Congressional Briefing: Supporting America’s Creative Workers

Featured Speakers: Teresa Leger Fernandez (U.S. House of Representatives); John Lithgow (Actor, Author); Betty McCollum (U.S. House of Representatives); Deborah Rutter (The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts); Kristin Sakoda (Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture); Peter Strong (Racing Magpie); Laura Zabel (Springboard for the Arts)

February 10, 2022

Honoring Charles L. Bennett with the Rumford Prize

Featured Speakers: Charles Bennett (Johns Hopkins University); Mark Kamionkowski (Johns Hopkins University); Kathryn Sullivan (Potomac Institute for Policy Studies; KD Sullivan Enterprises, LLC)

February 28, 2022

Night at the Museums*
Morton L. Mandel Conversation

Featured Speakers: Scott Vernon Edwards (Harvard University); Jon Erlandson (University of Oregon); Matt Friedman (University of Michigan); Philip Gingerich (University of Michigan); Akito Kawahara (University of Florida); Douglas Soltis (University of Florida); Pamela Soltis (University of Florida); Victoria Sork (University of California, Los Angeles)

March 7, 2022

The Russian Invasion of Ukraine and the Future of the Global Order*

Featured Speakers: Michael McFaul (Stanford University); Mary Elise Sarotte (Johns Hopkins University); Oxana Shevel (Tufts University); Timothy Snyder (Yale University)

April 20, 2022

What Does It Mean to be an American? Reexamining the Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship
Jonathan F. Fanton Lecture

Featured Speakers: E.J. Dionne Jr. (Brookings Institution); María Teresa Kumar (Voto Latino); John Shattuck (Tufts University); Moderator: Danielle Allen (Harvard University)

May 5, 2022

Talking About Democracy with Millennials and Gen Z
Cohosted with the Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement

Featured Speakers: Nimisha Ganesh (GenUnity); David McCullough III (The American Exchange Project); Amy McIsaac (Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement); Manu Meel (Bridge USA); Moderator: Caroline Klibanoff (Made by Us); Introduction: Diana Aviv (Partnership for American Democracy); Darshan Goux (American Academy of Arts and Sciences)

May 17, 2022

Bridging Divides in America

Featured Speakers: Andy Barr (U.S. House of Representatives); Kay Bailey Hutchison (formerly, U.S. Mission to NATO); Derek Kilmer (U.S. House of Representatives); Farah Pandith (Harvard Kennedy School; Council on Foreign Relations); Laurie Patton (Middlebury College); Moderator: Eric Liu (Citizen University)


In-Person and Hybrid Meetings


February 28, 2022
The Ida and Cecil Green Faculty Club University of California, San Diego

San Diego Program Committee Luncheon*


June 13–16, 2022
Aspen, CO

American Academy Higher Education Forum at Aspen


November 8, 2021
House of the Academy, Cambridge, MA

Future Founders Initiative/Boston Biotech Working Group Meeting

Featured Speakers: Sangeeta Bhatia (Massachusetts Institute of Technology); Anantha Chandrakasan (Massachusetts Institute of Technology); Chris Coburn (Mass General Brigham); Steven Knight (F-Prime Capital); Moderator: Susan Hockfield (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

April 1, 2022
House of the Academy, Cambridge, MA and Virtual

Honoring Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Annual David M. Rubenstein Lecture

Featured Speakers: Nancy Andrews (Boston Children’s Hospital); Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Harvard University); Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham (Harvard University); Paula Kerger (Public Broadcasting Service); David M. Rubenstein (The Carlyle Group)

New York

June 6, 2022
New York, NY

DNA and Art: In Search of the Genome of Leonardo da Vinci*

Featured Speaker: Jesse Ausubel (Rockefeller University)


May 17, 2022
University of Washington

A Reception for Members in Seattle*

Featured Speakers: Ana Mari Cauce (University of Washington); Patricia Ebrey (University of Washington); Edward Lazowska (University of Washington)

* Activity of a Local Program Committee or Representative