November 2023


Meetings of the American Philosophical Society are held each April and November for elected Members, their families, and distinguished guests. Sessions are live streamed. 

Thursday, November 16, 2023
10:00 a.m.
Library Hall
Orientation for Members Attending Their First In-Person Meeting

1:15 p.m.
Franklin Hall
Induction of Members Attending Their First In-Person Meeting*

Roger S. Bagnall
President, in the Chair

Keynote Address
In Welcome to Roger S. Bagnall
President, American Philosophical Society

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and the History of Music
Christoph Wolff
Adams University Professor, Emeritus
Harvard University


Frontiers: A Mission to Tell Better Science Stories
Danny O'Malley
Documentary Film Director, Canary
Executive Producer, Netflix's Chef's Table
Alex Rivest
Documentary Film Director, Canary
Neuroscience Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

4:30 p.m. 
Philosophical Hall
Stated Meeting of the Society’s Council

6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Franklin Hall
Cocktail Reception

7:00 p.m.
Franklin Hall
Dinner for Members Attending Their First In-Person Meeting

Friday, November 17
7:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Franklin Hall

9:15 a.m.
Franklin Hall

Jacqueline K. Barton
Vice President, in the Chair

The Unseen World: Its Discovery and Power

Have We Ever Been Human? The Social Sciences After the Microbiome Revolution
Roberta Raffaetà
Associate Professor of Socio-Cultural Anthropology
Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage
Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
Deputy Director, New Institute: Center for Environmental Humanities

Biology in a Technology-Driven Revolution
Margaret McFall-Ngai
Senior Staff Researcher, Carnegie Institution for Science
Faculty Associate, California Institute of Technology


Invisible Microbial Networks Control the Cycling of Matter
Victoria J. Orphan
James Irvine Professor of Environmental Science and Geobiology
Director, Center for Environmental Microbial Interactions
California Institute of Technology

The Powerful Unity and Diversity of Microbial Metabolism
Dianne K. Newman
Gordon M. Binder/Amgen Professor of Biology and Geobiology
California Institute of Technology

Panel Discussion


1:15 p.m. 
Franklin Hall

Nina G. Jablonski
Vice President, in the Chair

Presentation of Society’s Prizes and Awards

Jacques Barzun Prize in Cultural History
Jared Farmer
Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History
University of Pennsylvania

Karl Spencer Lashley Award
Silvia Arber
Professor of Neurobiology and Cell Biology
Biozentrum, University of Basel, Switzerland

Poverty, by America
Matthew Desmond
Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology
Principal Investigator of the Eviction Lab
Princeton University

Cities and Physical Connections in a Virtual Age
Edward L. Glaeser
Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics
Harvard University
Director, Cities Research Programme at the International Growth Centre
London School of Economics


Beyond Polarization: What Might Hold Americans Together?
John Shattuck
Former Ambassador, Czech Republic
Former President and Rector, Central European University
Professor, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Tufts University

Presented by Pianist Avery Gagliano
Curtis Institute of Music
First Prize and Best Concerto Prize, 2020 National Chopin Piano Competition

4:30 p.m.
Philosophical Hall
Stated Members’ Business Meeting

6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Franklin Hall
Cocktail Reception and Light Supper

Saturday, November 18
7:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Franklin Hall

9:15 a.m.
Franklin Hall

Caroline Bynum
Vice President, in the Chair

Marian Anderson and Jim Crow Segregation in Classical Music Performance
Carol J. Oja
William Powell Mason Professor
Department of Music and Graduate Programs, Harvard University
Faculty Director of the Humanities Program, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies

Talking Cure: The Civilizing Power of Conversation
Paula Marantz Cohen
Dean and Distinguished Professor of English
Pennoni Honors College
Drexel University


Tom Paine’s Iron Bridge: Building a United States
Edward G. Gray
Professor of History
Florida State University

Enlightening Exchanges between Naples and Philadelphia: Filangieri and Franklin, Cirillo and Morgan
Amedeo Arena
Full Professor, Faculty of Law
University of Naples Federico II


*Inductions Are Held at the Beginning of Each Meeting Session.

Restaurant List (16674 B)