Oct. 12, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- The American Academy of Arts and Sciences today inducted 166 members, from leading scientists, authors, and business executives, to the heads of academic, philanthropic, and cultural institutions in
the United States
Academy Award-winning actor
, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker
and jazz great
were among the inductees. Field and Burns read from the Letters of
John and Abigail Adams
, and the ceremony concluded with a performance by Hancock.
The ceremony included talks by five new inductees:
; President of
University of California, Berkeley
learning and child development scholar
, Chancellor of the
University of Illinois at Urbana
"The Induction Ceremony recognizes the achievement and vitality of today's most accomplished individuals who together with the Academy will work to advance the greater good," said Academy Secretary
. "These distinguished men and women are making significant strides in their quest to find solutions to the most pressing scientific, humanistic, and policy challenges of the day."
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.
Members of the 2013 class include winners of the Nobel Prize; National Medal of Science; the Lasker Award; the Pulitzer and the
prizes; the Fields Medal; MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships; the Kennedy Center Honors; and Grammy, Emmy, Academy, and Tony awards.
This year's inductees include: Nobel Prize winner
David J. Wineland
; chief academic officer of the Broad Institute
Robert A. Bjork
; Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist
and U.S. Poet Laureate
; U.S. Secretary of Energy
CEO of C3 Energy; philanthropist and co-founder of the Carlyle Group
David M. Rubenstein
University of Southern California
; and Director of Institute for Advanced Study
In addition to the Induction ceremony, weekend events also included:
- Presentation of the Emerson-Thoreau Medal to Pulitzer Prize-winning author Philip Roth and the Award for Humanistic Studies to Denis Donoghue and Helen Vendler on October 11 with readings and presentations by writers Emma Donoghue, Jeffrey Eugenides, Martin Amis, and Paul Theroux; poet Natasha Trethewey; artist/illustrator Roz Chast; filmmaker Albert Maysles; and a performance by clarinetist Richard Stoltzman.
- A Briefing on October 12 featuring presentations by leaders of Academy policy projects including Science Policy, Security and Energy, and Humanities, Education and Social Policy.
- Talks by both U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and Ken Burns on Sunday, October 13. Burns' presentation included a preview of his new film, "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History."