April 2022


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 2022 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 November, 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 27, 2022, 3:30 p.m.
Stated Meeting of Society Council

Wednesday, April 27, 2022, 7:00 p.m.

Linda Greenhouse
President, in the Chair

Keynote Address
My Life in Full: Work, Family, and Our Future

Indra Nooyi
Former Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo

Thursday, April 28, 2022, 1:00 p.m.

Linda Greenhouse
President, in the Chair

Session 1

The Howe Dynasty: The Untold Story of a Military Family and the Women Behind Britain’s Wars for America
Julie Flavell
Independent Historian
Fellow of The Royal Historical Society 

The Library: A Fragile History
Andrew Pettegree
Professor of Modern History
Director of the Universal Short Title Catalogue
University of St Andrews


Arthur der Weduwen
British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow
Deputy Director of the Universal Short Title Catalogue
University of St Andrews

The Real World of College
Wendy Fischman
Project Director, Project Zero
Harvard University Graduate School of Education

Presentation of Society Prizes and Awards

Thursday, April 28, 2022, 3:30 p.m.

Rowena Matthews
Vice President, in the Chair

Session 2

Algorithms, AI, and Society

Ruzena Bajcsy, Organizer
Professor Emeritus, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Director Emeritus, Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society
University of California, Berkeley


Vijay Kumar, Organizer
Nemirovsky Family Dean of Penn Engineering
University of Pennsylvania

Are Algorithms Undermining Democracy? A Data Science Perspective
Duncan J. Watts
Stevens University Professor
23rd Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor
University of Pennsylvania

AI/ML in the Digital Transformation of Societal Scale Systems: Opportunities and Challenges
S. Shankar Sastry
Former Dean of Engineering
Faculty Director, Blum Center for Developing Economies
University of California, Berkeley

AI: Challenges, Advances, and Responsibilities
Eric J. Horvitz
Chief Scientific Officer

In addition to brief Q&A after each talk, the session will conclude with a panel discussion among the speakers and organizers.

AI Symposium Q&A

Thursday, April 28, 2022, 7:00 p.m.

Session 3
Live Concert from Benjamin Franklin Hall

Zhu Wang, Pianist
The Curtis Institute of Music

Friday, April 29, 2022, 1:00 p.m.

Stated Business Meeting of Society Members
(Link will open at 12:30 p.m. for Informal Conversation)

Friday, April 29, 2022, 3:30 p.m.

Robert M. Hauser
Executive Officer, in the Chair

Session 4

Home in the World: A Memoir
Amartya Sen
Thomas W. Lamont University Professor
Harvard University

In Conversation With

Mark J. Thompson
Chair, Board of Directors, Ancestry
Former President and CEO, The New York Times Company

Digital Currency
Markus K. Brunnermeier
Edward S. Sanford Professor of Economics
Director, Bendheim Center for Finance
Princeton University

Life-Saving and Proof-of-Concept Human Transplants of Xenografts from October 2021 Through January 2022
Martine Rothblatt
Chief Executive Officer
United Therapeutics