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November 2020

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Speakers
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 American Philosophical Society acknowledges with respect that it resides in Lenapehoking, the homeland of the Lenape people, whose historical relationships with this land continue to this day. We recognize their continued presence and perseverance, despite centuries of land theft, removal, and persecution of their language and cultural traditions. We honor the Lenape community – and those of other native peoples – through our collections, fellowships, research awards, and outreach activities.

**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. This November, the keynote address is open to the public and all other sessions will be available to Members and invited guests via webinar. Most sessions will be recorded and available to watch after the Meeting through the Society's Youtube channel.

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

Stated Meeting of Society Council
(virtual)


Wednesday, 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, November 12, 2020, 12:00 p.m.

Linda Greenhouse
President, in the Chair

Session 1:

In Conversation
Anthony S. Fauci
Director
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
and
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, 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
President
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, 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, November 13, 2020, 1:00 p.m.

Members’ Business Meeting


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

Linda Greenhouse
President, in the Chair

Session 4:

Presentation of Society Awards and Prizes

In Conversation
David M. Rubenstein

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