November 2019

Cole Bunzel, Frank Stewart, James Leach, Timothy Rub, Thomas Shenk, John Barry, Jeffery Taubenberger, Stacey Schultz-Cherry, Peter Palese, Mina Jahan Bissell, Margaret Jacob, Erling Norrby, Danielle Bassett, Mark Moffett

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 7, 2019
1:15 p.m.

Induction of New Members*

Elizabeth Cropper
Vice President, in the Chair

A Divisive Heritage: Wahhabism and the Sunni Jihadi Movement
Cole M. Bunzel
Hoover Fellow, Hoover Institution
Stanford University

Living with the Bedouin:  Some Personal Experiences of a Social Anthropologist
Frank H. Stewart
Professor Emeritus, Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem


­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Holocaust Era Art Displacement
James A. Leach
Member of the U. S. House of Representatives, Iowa (1977-2007)
Chair, National Endowment for the Humanities (2009-2013)
Visiting Professor of Law, University of Iowa

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Through the Looking Glass: The Future of Collecting Antiquities
Timothy Rub
The George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer
Philadelphia Museum of Art

Cocktail Reception
Franklin Hall
6:00–7:00 p.m.

Dinner on One’s Own

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

Friday Morning, November 8, 2019
9:15 a.m.

Rowena Matthews
Vice President, in the Chair

The Next Influenza Pandemic

Thomas E. Shenk, Moderator
James A. Elkins Jr. Professor in the Life Sciences
Department of Molecular Biology
Princeton University

The Past Is Never Dead. It’s Not Even Past: The 1918 Influenza Pandemic and Its Lessons
John M. Barry
Distinguished Scholar, ByWater Institute
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Scientific Insights into the 1918 Influenza Pandemic and Their Implications for the Future
Jeffery K. Taubenberger
Chief, Viral Pathogenesis and Evolution Section
National Institutes of Health


­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Keeping an Eye to the Sky: Emerging Influenza Viruses and the Challenges We Face
Stacey Schultz-Cherry
Professor, Department of Infectious Diseases
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­The Long Road to a Universal Influenza Virus Vaccine
Peter Palese
Professor and Chair, Department of Microbiology
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai


Friday Afternoon, November 8, 2019
1:15 p.m.

Warren M. Washington
Vice President, in the Chair

Presentation of Society Awards and Prizes

2019 Jonathan E. Rhoads Lecture
Presentation of Medal for Distinguished Achievement in Medicine

Why Don’t We Get More Cancer
Mina Jahan Bissell
Distinguished Senior Scientist of Biological Systems and Engineering Division
Senior Advisor to the Laboratory Director on Biology
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory



Ethan Uslan: Ragtime and Jazz-Age Piano

Benjamin Franklin Hall
3:00 p.m.

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

Friday Evening, November 8, 2019

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

Saturday Morning, November 9, 2019
9:15 a.m.

Linda Greenhouse
President, in the Chair

Enlightened Outrage: The Three Imposters
Margaret C. Jacob
Distinguished Professor of Research, Department of History
University of California at Los Angeles

The Nobel Archives: A Historical Goldmine
Erling Norrby
Chairman Emeritus, Karolinska Institute
Professor of Virology, Karolinska Institute
Center for the History of Sciences, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences


Networks Thinking Themselves
Danielle Bassett
Eduardo D. Glandt Faculty Fellow
Associate Professor, Department of Bioengineering
Professor of Physics and Astronomy
University of Pennsylvania

The Human Swarm: Examining Societies and Identity
Mark W. Moffett
Research Associate, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Visiting Scholar, Department of Human Evolutionary Biology
Harvard University