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November 2020

Lawrence D. Bobo, Anthony S. Fauci, Mark J. Thompson, Merlin Sheldrake, Richard Ovenden, Alondra Nelson, David Moss, Jeremy Denk, David Rubenstein, Danielle Allen, Twyla Tharp

**The November 2020 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. Most sessions are available to watch via web streaming.

Wednesday Afternoon, November 11, 2020
3:30 p.m.

Stated Meeting of Society Council

Wednesday Evening, November 11, 2020
7:00 p.m.

Robert M. Hauser
Executive Officer, in the Chair

Keynote Address
A failure to Heal: Race and Politics in the United States
Lawrence D. Bobo
Dean of Social Sciences
W.E.B Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences
Harvard University

Thursday, Noon, November 12, 2020
12:00 p.m.

Linda Greenhouse
President, in the Chair

Session 1:

In Conversation

Anthony S. Fauci
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases


Mark J. Thompson
Former Director-General
The British Broadcasting Corporation
Former President and Chief Executive Officer
The New York Times Company

Entangled Lives: Fungi, Ecology, and Us
Merlin Sheldrake
Independent Scholar

Thursday, Afternoon, November 12, 2020
3:30 p.m.

Robert M. Hauser
Executive Officer, in the Chair

Session 2:

Erasing the Past: The deliberate Destruction of Knowledge from Ancient Assyria to the Digital Age
Richard Ovenden
Bodley's Librarian
University of Oxford

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Society After Pandemic
Alondra Nelson
Social Science Research Council
Harold F. Linder Professor
Institute of Advanced Study

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Revitalizing Civic Education: One Discussion at a Time
David Moss
Paul Whiton Cherington Professor
Harvard Business School

Thursday, Evening, November 12, 2020
7:00 p.m.

Robert M. Hauser
Executive Officer, in the Chair

Session 3:

Concert from Benjamin Franklin Hall
Jeremy Denk, Pianist


Friday, Afternoon, November 13, 2020
1:00 p.m.

Members’ Business Meeting

Friday, Afternoon, November 13, 2020
3:30 p.m.

Linda Greenhouse
President, in the Chair

Session 4:

In Conversation

David M. Rubenstein
Co-Founder and Co-Executive Chair
The Carlyle Group
The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts
The Smithsonian Institution


Danielle Allen
James Bryant Conant University Professor and Director
Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics
Harvard University

Keep it Moving: Staying the Course
Twyla Tharp
Twyla Tharp Dance Foundation