November 2017

robert M. Hauser, Alexander Jones, Clyde F. Barker, James F. Markmann, Howard Gardner, Michael McPherson, Emily Hanford, Pan Grossman, Gail O. Mellow, Charles Isbell Jr., Edward L. Ayers, Hal Weaver, Kip S. Thorne, Robert M. Peck, Ted Daeschler, Richard O. Prumm, Steven B. Hutton

ProgramNovember 2017

November 911, 2017
Benjamin Franklin Hall, 427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA


Thursday Afternoon, November 9, 2017
1:15 p.m.

Linda Greenhouse
President, in the Chair

What Is Wrong with American Schools?
Robert M. Hauser
Executive Officer
American Philosophical Society

“Like Opening a Pyramid and Finding an Atomic Bomb”:
Derek de Solla Price and the Antikythera Mechanism

Alexander Jones
Leon Levy Director and Professor of the History of the
Exact Sciences in Antiquity
Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University


Tom Starzl and the Evolution of Transplantation
Clyde F. Barker
President Emeritus
American Philosophical Society
Professor of Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

The Starzl Legacy Is Alive and Well Today
James F. Markmann
Chief, Transplant Surgery Division, Massachusetts General Hospital
Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Cocktail Reception
Benjamin Franklin Hall
6:007:00 p.m.

Dinner on One’s Own

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

Friday Morning, November 10, 2017
9:15 a.m.

Rowena G. Matthews
Vice President, in the Chair

The Quality of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Part One | Part Two

Howard E. Gardner, Introducer
John H. and Elizabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education
Harvard Graduate School of Education

Michael McPherson, Convener and Speaker
President Emeritus
The Spencer Foundation

Emily Hanford, Moderator
Senior Correspondent / Producer
APM Reports / Educate Podcast
American Public Media


Panel Interview and Discussion

Part One | Part Two

Pam Grossman
Dean and George and Diane Weiss Professor
Graduate School of Education
University of Pennsylvania

Gail O. Mellow
LaGuardia Community College

Charles Isbell, Jr.
Executive Associate Dean and Professor
College of Computing
Georgia Institute of Technology

Edward L. Ayers
President Emeritus
Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities
University of Richmond


Friday Afternoon, November 10, 2017
1:15 p.m.

Warren M. Washington
Vice President, in the Chair

Presentation of Society Awards and Prizes

The Exploration of Pluto and the Kuiper Belt
by NASA’s New Horizons Mission

Hal Weaver
Principal Professional Staff, Applied Physics Laboratory
Research Professor
Johns Hopkins University

Gravitational Waves, Four New Windows onto the Universe:
From Einstein to LIGO and Onward

Kip S. Thorne
Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, Emeritus
California Institute of Technology


Musicians from the Marlboro Music School and Festival
in Memory of
Mary Maples Dunn
Co-Executive Officer, 2002 to 2007
American Philosophical Society
Benjamin Franklin Hall
3:00 p.m.

Members’ Business Meeting
Philosophical Hall
(104 South Fifth Street)

Friday Evening, November 10, 2017

Cocktails and Light Supper
Benjamin Franklin Hall
6:308:30 p.m.

Saturday Morning, November 11, 2017
9:15 a.m.

Elizabeth Cropper
Vice President, in the Chair

Briefing on the Status of U.S.-North Korea Relations
Nicholas Kristof
The New York Times

Session in Celebration of
Keith Stewart Thomson
Executive Officer, 2012 to 2017
American Philosophical Society

The Natural History of Edward Lear
Robert M. Peck
Senior Fellow
Academy of Natural Sciences
Drexel University

New Discoveries from the Age of Fishes in Pennsylvania:
Building on the Paleontological Research of Keith Stewart Thomson

Ted Daeschler
Associate Curator of Vertebrate Zoology
Academy of Natural Sciences
Drexel University


Aesthetic Evolution by Mate Choice:
Darwin’s Really Dangerous Idea

Richard O. Prum
William Robertson Coe Professor of Ornithology
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Peabody Museum of Natural History
Yale University

The Genus Rosa and the Modern Rose
Steven B. Hutton
The Conard-Pyle Company / Starr Roses and Plants