November 2018

Margo Anderson, Kenneth Prewitt, David Laibson, Alan Blinder, Julia Hirschberg, Rupal Patel, Dan Jurafsky, Shree Nayar, Bryan Stevenson, Larry Smarr, Julie Fairman, Ellen Winner, Marcello Canuto

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, November 8, 2018
1:15 p.m.

Induction of New Members*

Linda Greenhouse
President, in the Chair

The Ghosts of Census Past and Their Relevance to 2020
Margo Anderson
Distinguished Professor Emerita, History and Urban Studies
University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee

Can the Census Be Gerrymandered?
Kenneth Prewitt
Professor, Advisor to President, and Director, Future of Scholarly Knowledge
Columbia University


­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Present Bias, Self-Defeating Behaviors, and Behavior Change
David Laibson
Robert I. Goldman Professor of Economics
Director, Foundations of Human Behavior Initiative
Harvard University

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­The Lamppost Theory: Why Economic Policy So Often Comes Up Short
Alan S. Blinder
Gordon S. Rentschler Memorial Professor of Economics and Public Affairs
Princeton University

Cocktail Reception
Museum of the American Revolution
(3rd and Chestnut Streets)
6:00–7:00 p.m.

Dinner on One’s Own
Optional Philadelphia Orchestra Concert
7:30 p.m. Curtain
(Coach leaves 3rd and Chestnut Streets promptly at 7:00 p.m.)

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

Friday Morning, November 9, 2018
9:15 a.m.

Rowena Matthews
Vice President, in the Chair

Better Living with AI

Julia Hirschberg, Moderator
Percy K. and Vida L. W. Hudson Professor of Computer Science
Columbia University

Voice Sharing: How AI-Powered Community Involvement Uplifts Those Living with Speech Impairments
Rupal Patel
Professor, Computer and Information Science
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Northeastern University
Founder & CEO, VocaliD


­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Does This Vehicle Belong to You?: Processing the Language of Policing for Improving Police-Community Relations
Dan Jurafsky
Professor and Chair of Linguistics
Professor of Computer Science
Stanford University

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Future Cameras:  Redefining the Image
Shree K. Nayar
T. C. Chang Professor of Computer Science
Director, Columbia Vision Laboratory
Columbia University


Friday Afternoon, November 9, 2018
1:15 p.m.

Warren M. Washington
Vice President, in the Chair

Presentation of Society Awards and Prizes

Memory and Justice: Confronting the Past to Create a Different Future
Bryan Stevenson
Founder and Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative
Montgomery, AL

275th Anniversary Concert

Contemporary Ensemble-in-Residence
The Philadelphia Orchestra

Benjamin Franklin Hall
3:00 p.m.

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

Friday Evening, November 9, 2018

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

Saturday Morning, November 10, 2018
9:15 a.m.

Elizabeth Cropper
Vice President, in the Chair

Toward Personalized Wellness:  An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure
Larry Smarr
Founding Director, California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology
University of California at San Diego

We Went to Mississippi:  Nurses’ Civil Rights Activism of the Mid-1960s
Julie A. Fairman
Nightingale Professor in Honor of Nursing Veterans
Chair, Biobehavioral Health Sciences Department
School of Nursing
University of Pennsylvania


How Art Works:  Psychological Approaches to Philosophical Questions
Ellen Winner
Professor of Psychology
Boston College
Harvard University Graduate School of Education

LIDAR Technology and the Future of Lowland Maya Archaeology
Marcello A. Canuto
Director and Professor, Middle American Research Institute
Tulane University