A Community of Scholars: Impressions of the Institute for by Institute for Advanced Study

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This fantastically illustrated anthology celebrates 80 years of heritage and highbrow inquiry on the Institute for complicated learn, one of many world's prime facilities for theoretical examine. that includes essays through present and previous school and individuals in addition to photos through Serge J-F. Levy, the ebook captures the spirit of interest, freedom, and comradeship that could be a hallmark of this particular neighborhood of scholars.

Founded in 1930 in Princeton, New Jersey, the institute encourages and helps primary study within the sciences and humanities--the unique, usually speculative pondering that could remodel how we comprehend our international. Albert Einstein used to be one of the first in a protracted line of wonderful thinkers to be affiliated with the institute. They contain Kurt Gödel, George Kennan, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Erwin Panofsky, Homer A. Thompson, John von Neumann, and Hermann Weyl. This quantity bargains an intimate portrait in phrases and pictures of a storied establishment that would top be defined as a real educational village. the non-public reflections gathered here--written by way of best figures from around the disciplines--bring this unprecedented educational establishment and its historical past vibrantly to lifestyles.

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That might be helpful. Professors Bowersock and von Staden were especially This stimulating and collegial atmosphere of collabora- helpful as I confronted the problem of analyzing the war- tion continued to grow, especially when the weekly lun- time reception of Honegger’s modernist opera, Antigone, cheon lectures presented by the school’s members began. which was based on the text that Cocteau had adapted from I gave a talk about the various ways in which not only Sophocles’ original. Professor Bowersock made substantial the Germans but the different factions within Vichy—as efforts to compare the Greek original with Cocteau’s ver- well as the intellectual Resistance—manipulated both the sion.

Being in the company of Svetlana Alpers, To this day I think that the Institute’s greatest strength Keith Baker, Tim Clark, Bob Darnton, Geoffrey Hawthorn, is the quality of its faculty. In 1979, a social scientist could and Roberto Schwarz—to name but a few and in alphabeti- not have found a better place in the entire academic world cal order—was awesome. It was in such company that I than the School of Social Science. Both the late Clifford had to survive intellectually. At the Institute, I learned how Geertz and Albert Hirschman were towering figures in the important the extra-intellectual context is for achieving field.

Professor von Staden discussed his insights with me image and performances of Berlioz in order to serve their at considerable length. Other members also were generous own ideological ends. , whose own talks inspired me as well as my research that I had completed there at national meetings of colleagues and opened up other valuable areas of interest. the American Historical Association, the American Musi- When given another opportunity to present a luncheon lecture, this time to the faculty and members of the School cological Society, and a conference on the Ligue de l’Action Française at the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris.

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