▷ David Nirenberg appointed 10th director of the Institute for Advanced Study


02.11.2021 – 20:11

Institute for Advanced Study

Princeton, N.j. (ots/PRNewswire)

Das Institute for Advanced Study hat David Nirenberg Appointed 10th Director and Leon Levy Professor with effect from July 1, 2022. Nirenberg, currently Dean of the Divinity School at the University of Chicago and Professor of Medieval History, will lead one of the world’s most important centers for theoretical research in the natural sciences and humanities.

At UChicago, Nirenberg was also founding director of the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, dean of social sciences and executive vice provost.

“David’s administrative accomplishments, like the institute itself, transcend cultural and disciplinary boundaries and provide a new framework of knowledge to understand society and realize the power of collective curiosity,” said Nancy Peretsman, vice chair of the IAS board and chair of the director’s search committee .

“The appointment of a humanities scholar is a bold decision that departs from decades of practice as a science and mathematics director, but one that underscores the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration,” said Charles Simonyi, Chairman of the IAS Board of Directors. “David is an energetic and astute leader who understands that the institute is a public good that serves society.”

Nirenberg’s research on Christians, Jews and Muslims in medieval Europe and the Mediterranean region offers deep insights into today’s challenges of racism, anti-Semitism, hate speech and inequality.

Nirenberg also worked at Rice University and Johns Hopkins University, where he founded the Stulman Center for Jewish Studies. As founding director of the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society at UChicago, Nirenberg advocated collaboration between all departments, schools and affiliated laboratories of the university. Previously, Nirenberg spent a year as a guest at the Institute for Advanced Study.

“Since the institute was founded in 1930, its lecturers’ discoveries have transformed fields from mathematics and physics to anthropology and art history What is detrimental to race excellence is that scientists and ideas must move freely if basic knowledge is to flourish, and that humanity benefits when knowledge flourishes, “said Nirenberg.

Nirenberg served on the boards of the Argonne National Laboratory and the National Opinion Research Center. He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, History and Philosophy / Religion Sections.

Nirenberg is married to Sofía Torallas Tovar, a professor of Classical Philology and Middle Eastern Languages ​​and Civilizations and a member of the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago.

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Information about the institute

The Institute for Advanced Study is one of the world’s leading centers for theoretical research and intellectual investigation. From IAS founding professor Albert Einstein to today’s leading thinkers, the IAS enables bold, curiosity-driven innovations that enrich society in unexpected ways. Each year the institute hosts more than 200 of the most promising postdocs and scientists in the world. Current and past faculty and members include 35 Nobel Prize winners, 42 of the 60 Fields Medalists, and 21 of the 24 Abel Prize winners, as well as numerous MacArthur Fellows and Wolf Prize winners.

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