Frances Kamm and Alex Jones Inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

October 13, 2011

From the Academy of Arts and Sciences

Cambridge MA -- Harvard Kennedy School faculty members Frances M. Kamm, Littauer Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy, and Alex Jones, Laurence M. Lombard Lecturer in the Press and Public Policy and director of the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, were among one hundred-seventy-nine of the nation’s most influential artists, scientists, scholars, authors, and institutional leaders who were inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) at a ceremony here on Saturday, October 1.

Founded in 1780, the American Academy is one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious learned societies, and an independent research center that draws from its members’ expertise to conduct studies in science and technology policy, global security, the humanities and culture, social policy, and education.

“Induction recognizes extraordinary individual achievement and marks a commitment on the part of new members to provide fundamental, non-partisan knowledge for addressing today’s complex challenges,” said American Academy President Leslie C. Berlowitz.

The 231st Class of the Academy includes winners of Nobel, Pritzker, and Pulitzer prizes; the Turing Award; MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships; Kennedy Center Honors; and Grammy, Golden Globe, and Academy awards. Foreign Honorary Members from Argentina, India, Israel, Japan, and the United Kingdom were also inducted.

Participants in the ceremony included: singer-songwriter Paul Simon, groundbreaking researcher and biologist Frances Arnold of the California Institute of Technology; author and literary critic Denis Donoghue, University Professor and the Henry James Professor of English and American Letters at New York University; Rachel Hadas, renowned poet, essayist, and the Board of Governors Professor of English at Rutgers University; Hollywood film producer Kathleen Kennedy; Will Miller, President of the Wallace Foundation; David Page, renowned geneticist and Director of the Whitehead Institute at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Annette Gordon-Reed, Harvard University historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family;” and Sir Adam Roberts, President of the British Academy and one of the foremost experts on international strategic affairs.

Since its founding by John Adams, James Bowdoin, John Hancock, and other scholar-patriots, the American Academy has elected leading “thinkers and doers” from each generation. The current membership includes more than 250 Nobel laureates, some 100 Pulitzer Prize winners, and many of the world’s most celebrated artists and performers.

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Professor Kamm at the ceremony

Frances M. Kamm, Littauer Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy, signs the AAAS' Book of Memories during the induction ceremony
Photo credit: AAAS

“Induction recognizes extraordinary individual achievement and marks a commitment on the part of new members to provide fundamental, non-partisan knowledge for addressing today’s complex challenges,” said American Academy President Leslie C. Berlowitz.

Photograph of Alex Jones signing the AAAS' Book of Memories

Alex Jones, Laurence M. Lombard Lecturer in the Press and Public Policy and director of the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, signs the AAAS' Book of Memories during the ceremony
Photo credit: AAAS

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