April 2019

Ronald Fairman, Gregory Nobles, Jill Abramson, David Tatel, Peter Mancall, David Rubin, Eric Rignot, Michael Donoghue, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Jan Ziolkowski, Daniel Nocera, Ernest Moniz, Michael Doyle, Martin Rees

Meetings of the American Philosophical Society are held each April and November for elected Members, their families, and distinguished guests. Most sessions are available to watch via web streaming. 


Thursday Afternoon, April 25, 2019
1:15 p.m.

Induction of New Members*

Linda Greenhouse
President, in the Chair

Lincoln and Marfan Syndrome
Ronald M. Fairman
Clyde F. Barker–William Maul Measey Professor in Surgery
Chief, Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy
Vice Chairman for Clinical Affairs
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

"The Papers Have Blown Me Up Sky High!": John James Audubon (APS 1831), America's First Celebrity Scientist
Gregory Nobles
Robert C. Ritchie Distinguished Fellow in Early American History
Henry E. Huntington Library


Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts
Jill Abramson
Senior Lecturer, Department of English
Harvard University
Former Executive Editor, The New York Times

Separation of Powers and Statutory Interpretation: A Battle Hidden in Plain Sight
David S. Tatel
United States Circuit Judge
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Cocktail Reception
Benjamin Franklin Hall
6:00–7:00 p.m.

Dinner on One’s Own

*New Members are inducted at the beginning of each Meeting session.

Friday Morning, April 26, 2019
9:15 a.m.

Warren M. Washington
Vice President, in the Chair

Landscape and History in the Early Modern Atlantic Basin
Peter C. Mancall
Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities
University of Southern California

Design Problem-Solving in the Anthropocene
David A. Rubin
DAVID RUBIN Land Collective


On Sheet Ice Melt in a Warming Climate and What We Should Do About It
Eric Rignot
Donald Bren Professor, Earth System Science
University of California at Irvine
Senior Research Scientist
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Why Are There So Many Kinds of Leaves?
Michael J. Donoghue
Sterling Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Yale University
Director, Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies


Friday Afternoon, April 26, 2019
1:15 p.m.

Elizabeth Cropper
Vice President, in the Chair

Presentation of Society Awards and Prizes

Woman Suffrage West to East
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
300th Anniversary University Professor Emerita, Department of History
Harvard University

Juggling the Middle Ages
Jan M. Ziolkowski
Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Medieval Latin
Harvard University
Director, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection


Friday Afternoon, April 26, 2019
3:15 p.m.

Students and Faculty from the Curtis Institute of Music
Benjamin Franklin Hall

4:30 p.m.
Members’ Business Meeting
Philosophical Hall
(104 South Fifth Street)

Friday Evening, April 26, 2019

Cocktails and Light Supper
Benjamin Franklin Hall
6:30–8:30 p.m.

Saturday Morning, April 27, 2019
9:15 a.m.

Rowena G. Matthews
Vice President, in the Chair

A Path to a Low Carbon Energy Future: A Conversation
Daniel G. Nocera
Patterson Rockwood Professor of Energy and Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Harvard University


Ernest J. Moniz
United States Secretary of Energy, May 2013 to January 2017
Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems
Massachusetts Institute of Technology


The Model International Mobility Convention: Beyond Migrants and Refugees
Michael W. Doyle
University Professor, School of International and Public Affairs
Columbia University

Some Thoughts on 2050 and Beyond
Martin Rees
Former Master, Trinity College at the University of Cambridge
Astronomer Royal