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April 2021

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Speakers
Heather Cox Richardson, Paul Moravec, Elizabeth F. Loftus, Michael McCormick, Katherine Franke, Winifred F. Frick, Emanuel Ax, Anne Case, Barbara J. Grosz, R. Howard Bloch

The American Philosophical Society acknowledges with respect that it resides in Lenapehoking, the homeland of the Lenape people, whose historical relationships with this land continue to this day. We recognize their continued presence and perseverance, despite centuries of land theft, removal, and persecution of their language and cultural traditions. We honor the Lenape community – and those of other native peoples – through our collections, fellowships, research awards, and outreach activities.

**The April 2021 Meeting of the American Philosophical Society will not be held in person. All talks will be held via Zoom webinar.**

Meetings of the American Philosophical Society are held each April and November for elected Members, their families, and distinguished guests. This April, sessions will be available to Members and invited guests via webinar. Most sessions will be recorded and available to watch after the Meeting through the Society's Youtube channel.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 3:30 p.m.

Stated Meeting of Society Council
(virtual)


Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 7:00 p.m.

Linda Greenhouse
President, in the Chair

Keynote Address

Mad Libs of Power: Looking to the Past to Make Sense of the Present
Heather Cox Richardson
Professor, Department of History
Boston College
Author/Publisher, “Letters from an American”

Thursday, April 22, 2021, 1:00 p.m.

Robert M. Hauser
Executive Officer, in the Chair

Session 1

SANCTUARY ROAD: An Oratorio Based on William Still’s “The Underground Railroad Records”
Paul Moravec
Composer
University Professor
Adelphi University

The Fiction of Memory
Elizabeth Loftus
Distinguished Professor
University of California, Irvine

Presentation of Society Prizes and Awards
2020 Patrick Suppes Prize in Psychology to Elizabeth Loftus
2018 Magellanic Premium to Fabiola Gianotti


Thursday, April 22, 2021, 3:30 p.m.

Linda Greenhouse
President, in the Chair

Session 2

The New Science of the Human Past
Michael McCormick
Francis Goelet Professor of Medieval History
Chair, Initiative for the Science of the Human Past
Harvard University

Reparations for Slavery and Its Legacy
Katherine Franke
James L. Dohr Professor of Law
Columbia University

A Mission to End Bat Extinctions Worldwide
Winifred F. Frick
Chief Scientist, Bat Conservation International
Associate Research Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of California, Santa Cruz


Thursday, April 22, 2021, 7:00 p.m.

Robert M. Hauser
Executive Officer, in the Chair

Session 3

Live Concert from Benjamin Franklin Hall
Emanuel Ax, Pianist


Friday, April 23, 2021, 1:00 p.m.

Stated Meeting of Society Members


Friday, April 23, 2021, 3:30 p.m.

Robert M. Hauser
Executive Officer, in the Chair

Session 4

Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism
Anne Case
Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Emeritus
Princeton University

A Prevalent AI Dilemma: Could I? Should I?
Barbara J. Grosz
Higgins Research Professor of Natural Sciences
Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Harvard University

The Rebuilding of Notre-Dame Cathedral
R. Howard Bloch
Sterling Professor of French
Yale University