The Council is pleased to join the Center for Advanced Study in the
Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University (CASBS) in presenting a
summit on “The City” that will bring together some of the world’s top
social and behavioral scientists in discussion with leaders in industry,
media, and the community to address key questions about the best means
and policies for improving the urban experience. Keynote speakers will
be Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com, and Pedro Noguera, professor of
education at New York University. SSRC president Ira Katznelson
and board member Margaret Levi,
director of CASBS, will lead the wrap-up discussion. The November 8
summit will take place on the Stanford campus in Northern California. [Register to attend, with a 20 percent discount code: CASBS14SSRC.]
Several new SSRC Working Papers are available for PDF download: “Doing Research in Violent Settings: Ethical Considerations and Ethics Committees,” by Corinne Davis Rodrigues, and “Numbers under Fire: The Challenges of Gathering Quantitative Data in Highly Violent Settings,” by Javier Osorio, are the latest installments in the extensive Drugs, Security and Democracy Program
series on research security. Dan Kuwali’s “Just Peace: Achieving Peace, Justice, and Development in Post-conflict Africa” is the second paper in an unfolding African Peacebuilding Network series seeking to address gaps in peacebuilding knowledge and practice.
An edited transcript of “Istanbul Connections,” a roundtable discussion organized by the InterAsia Program’s Transregional Virtual Research Institute for the 2013 conference Inter-Asian Connections IV, appears online in Media, Culture and Society.
Transregional Research Postdoctoral fellow Kevin Schwartz (2013) reviewed A Thousand Years of the Persian Book, a US Library of Congress exhibition that delved into a millennium of textual production across the Persianate world, for REORIENT magazine.
Abe Journalist fellow Elizabeth Green (2010) drew on her fellowship research in Japan in a cover story for the New York Times Magazine, “Why Do Americans Stink at Math?,” an adaptation of her new book Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone)
(Norton). Sebastian Stockman reviewed the book for the New York Times Sunday Book Review, and at the Atlantic, Sara Mosle used it as a starting point to discuss challenges to teaching in American schools.
Karim Kamel, program associate for the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum, coauthored a chapter with Chatham House research director Patricia Lewis in the new Routledge volume Regional Security Dialogue in the Middle East: Changes, Challenges and Opportunities: “A Helsinki Process for the Middle East?”
President Ira Katznelson was presented with two awards for his book Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time
(Liveright) at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Political
Science Association in Washington, DC: the Woodrow Wilson Foundation
Award, honoring books on government, politics, or international affairs;
and the J. David Greenstone Book Prize, recognizing the best books in
history and politics of the past two calendar years.
Measure of America codirector Sarah Burd-Sharps speculated on the consequences of declining public investment in the United States
as a participant in Next American Economy, a Roosevelt Institute
project that brought together experts from various disciplines to
envision emerging economic and political challenges and develop workable
The African Peacebuilding Network
hosted an international conference in Dakar, Senegal, with the Council
for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) on “International Criminal Justice, Reconciliation, and Peace in Africa: The ICC and Beyond” [video available]. In addition to program staff, in attendance from the SSRC were Tom Asher, program director, Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa; Tatiana Carayannis, deputy director, Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum; Mamadou Diouf, chair, board of directors; and
Ron Kassimir, senior advisor. APN staff and advisory board members also attended an international conference on “Society and Security in Africa,” hosted by program partner the African Leadership Centre in Nairobi, Kenya.
The Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship Program cosponsored “Look Out! Visual Culture and the Future of the Humanities,”
a symposium at the University of Southern California, which was
organized in part by participants in DPDF’s 2007 Visual Culture research
The International Dissertation Research Fellowship Program,
providing support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic
social sciences enrolled in PhD programs in the United States and
conducting dissertation research on non-US topics, selected its 2014 cohort:
eighty fellows from thirty-five universities will pursue projects in
twelve disciplines. Students interested in the current IDRF competition
can register for an October 15 application webinar
with program director Daniella Sarnoff or watch a previous webinar online [video].