April 2023


Watch recordings of the April 2023 General Meeting of the American Philosophical Society.

Meetings of the American Philosophical Society are held each April and November for elected Members, their families, and distinguished guests. 

Thursday, April 27, 2023
10:30 a.m.
Library Hall
Orientation of Members Attending Their First In-Person Meeting

1:15 p.m.
Franklin Hall
Induction of Members Attending Their First In-Person Meeting*

Jacqueline K. Barton
Vice President, in the Chair

Keynote Address
In Recognition of Linda Greenhouse
President, American Philosophical Society
November 2017 to April 2023
Beyond the "Objectivity" Wars: What Journalists Really Value
Michael S. Schudson
Professor of Journalism and Professor of Cultural Sociology
Columbia University

*Inductions Are Held at the Beginning of Each Meeting Session

Adam Smith's America: How a Scottish Philosopher Became an Icon of American Capitalism
Glory M. Liu
College Fellow / Lecturer, Committee on Degrees in Social Studies, 2020-Present
Harvard University

Religion and the Rise of Capitalism
Benjamin M. Friedman
William Joseph Maier Professor of Political Economy
Harvard University

4:30 p.m.
Philosophical Hall
Stated Meeting of the Society's Council

6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Franklin Hall
Cocktail Reception

7:00 p.m.
Franklin Hall
Dinner for Members Attending Their First In-Person Meeting

Friday, April 28

7:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Franklin Hall

9:15 a.m.
Franklin Hall

Caroline Bynum
Vice President, in the Chair

Varieties of Autobiographical Experience
Michael Wood, Moderator
Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature
Princeton University

Franklin's Autobiography
Joyce E. Chaplin
James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History
Harvard University

Writing History Through Autobiography
Annette Gordon-Reed
Carl M. Loeb University Professor
Harvard University


I Am the Subject of My Own Book: A Case for Scholarship in the First Person
Leonard Barkan
Class of 1943 University Professor
Princeton University

A Collection of I's, In Reverse
Yve-Alain Bois
Professor Emeritus, School of Historical Studies
Institute for Advanced Study

Franklin Hall

1:15 p.m.
Franklin Hall

Rowena G. Matthews
Vice President, in the Chair

Presentation of Society's Prizes and Awards

Patrick Suppes Prize
Elke Weber

Henry M. Phillips Prize
Catharine MacKinnon

Benjamin Franklin Medal for Distinguished Achievement in Science
Martine Rothblatt

The 2023 Jonathan E. Rhoads Medal for Distinguished Achievement in Medicine
Drew Weissman, Recipient and Speaker
Roberts Family Professor in Vaccine Research
Director, Institute for RNA Innovation
University of Pennsylvania 
Katalin Karikó, Recipient and Speaker
My Winding Road Toward mRNA Therapy
Senior Vice President, BioNTech
Adjunct Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Pennsylvania
Presented By
American Philosophical Society
Department of Surgery, University of Pennsylvania
College of Physicians of Philadelphia


Presented by Zhu Wang
Post-Baccalaureate Diploma, Curtis Institute of Music
First Prize, 2020 Young Concert Artists International Auditions

4:30 p.m.
Philosophical Hall
Stated Members' Business Meeting

6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Franklin Hall
Cocktail Reception and Light Supper

Saturday, April 29

7:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Franklin Hall

9:15 a.m.
Franklin Hall

Linda Greenhouse
President, in the Chair

In Conversation
Henry Louis "Skip" Gates, Jr.
Alphonse Fletcher University Professor
Director, Hutchins Center for African and African American Research
Harvard University
Linda Greenhouse
Senior Research Scholar in Law
Yale Law School


Explaining Taste Mysteries
Danielle Renee Reed
Associate Director, Monell Chemical Senses Center
Philadelphia, PA

Compilers of Magic: Greco-Egyptian Magical Papyri Through the Eyes of Their Scribes
Sofia Torallas Tovar
Professor of Classics and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
University of Chicago

Botanic Gardens from the Renaissance to the Present Day: Changing and Relevant for Five Centuries
Peter Wyse Jackson
President, Missouri Botanical Garden

Presidential Transition


Library Open House and Treasures Tour

Restaurant List (16649 B)