You can still register to attend our upcoming summit on "Knowledge,"
to be held November 5 on the Stanford University campus. Copresented
with the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at
Stanford (CASBS), the summit will bring together some of the world’s top
social and behavioral scientists in discussion with leaders in
industry, media, and the community to consider three central questions:
How do we produce knowledge? How do we disseminate it? How are we
transforming the very nature of knowledge itself? Keynote speakers will
be Tim O’Reilly, founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, and former SSRC
president and CASBS fellow Kenneth Prewitt,
now Carnegie Professor of Public Affairs, director of the Future of
Scholarly Knowledge project, and special advisor to the president at
Columbia University. Board member John Seely Brown, independent cochairman of Deloitte’s Center for the Edge, will serve as interlocutor for panels on the “Future of Agency.” SSRC president Ira Katznelson
and board member Margaret Levi, director of CASBS, will offer closing remarks. [Register to attend, with a 20 percent discount code: CASBS15SSRC.]
Social Science After Hours, a
new series of opportunities for friends and fellows of the Council to
meet staff in a casual setting and learn about the newest work coming
out of SSRC programs, will open the evening of November 10 in Manhattan
with a presentation by Measure of America of its recently launched project, DATA2GO.NYC, a free, dynamic mapping tool to easily visualize and analyze well-being and inequality in New York City. [RSVP to attend.]
The Decent City initiative has added new essays to its digital collection The Cities Papers that explore the theme of big data, including a contribution by board member Edward Glaeser on “Unhappiness and Urban Decline.”
Measure of America’s Sarah Burd-Sharps and Andrew Garon participated in the Bloomberg Data for Good Exchange 2015
in New York City, an initiative to connect data scientists in academia
and industry with the NGO, public-sector, and nonprofit partners who can
benefit most from applied data science.
Measure of America released with Opportunity Nation the 2015 installment of the Opportunity Index,
a unique interactive online tool that provides an annual snapshot of
the economic, educational, and civic opportunities available to
Americans at the state and county levels. This year’s index reveals an
increase in poverty and income inequality across the nation despite
other postrecession gains.
The Institute for Women’s Policy Research shared the results of a Katrina Task Force investigation in a new report, Get to the Bricks: The Experiences of Black Women from New Orleans Public Housing after Hurricane Katrina.
Findings from a joint SSRC report with the American Civil Liberties Union, Silenced: How Nuisance Ordinances Punish Crime Victims in New York, supported a USA Today opinion piece by Sandra S. Park, a senior attorney for the ACLU Women’s Rights Project, that calls for cities to reject nuisance laws, which endanger domestic violence victims and in particular women of color.
Education Research Program director Richard Arum spoke with Inside Higher Ed
on the preliminary results of a faculty-designed rubric to measure
student learning outcomes, an initiative led by the Association of
American Colleges and Universities and State Higher Education Executive
Officers. The program’s highly influential book Academically Adrift was cited in a Newsweek opinion piece urging colleges and universities to provide more information
about learning outcomes.
In a special issue of Nature on interdisciplinarity, the SSRC’s role in the development of interdisciplinary research in the early twentieth century was highlighted in an article looking at how scientists and social scientists are collaborating to solve global challenges related to energy, food, water, climate, and health.
Abe Fellowship Program senior advisor Linda Grove and committee member and fellow Sawako Shirahase (1999) shared their perspectives on the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology’s directive to national universities to abolish or reorganize humanities and social sciences departments, in an Asia-Pacific Journal overview of responses to the reform.
A Carnegie Corporation profile of the Arab Council for the Social Sciences, headed by Middle East and North Africa Program and InterAsia Program director Seteney Shami,
looked at that organization’s work to support a new brand of social
science rising directly from the concerns of a region in turmoil.
Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum deputy director Tatiana Carayannis chaired a roundtable on “New Area Studies in an Era of Global Transformation,” sponsored by the SSRC, at the inaugural Africa-Asia Conference in Accra, Ghana, with participants including program directors Thomas Asher and Seteney Shami and board of directors chair Mamadou Diouf.
Leon Sigal, director of the Northeast Asia Cooperative Security Project, weighed in with other experts for an OZY article discussing the growing political and economic relationship between India and North Korea.
In an analysis for the International Peace Institute’s Global Observatory, Renata Segura, associate director of the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum, examined the justice architecture jointly released by the Colombian government and the FARC guerrilla group with the aim of ending Colombia’s sixty-year civil war.
Drugs, Security and Democracy fellow Annette Idler (2012) received the Conflict Research Society’s 2015 Cedric Smith Prize, recognizing the best piece of peace and conflict research by a UK-based student, for a paper drawing on her DSD project on violent non-state actors in Colombia.
Korean Studies Dissertation Workshop participant Deokhyo Choi (2009) was awarded the Humanities Dissertation Prize at the 2015 International Convention of Asia Scholars
for “Crucible of the Post-Empire: Decolonization, Race, and Cold War
Politics in U.S.-Japan-Korea Relations, 1945–1952” (Cornell University).