The American Philosophical Society, founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1743, proudly bears the title of the nation's oldest learned society.  Our founders participated in the birth of American democracy. It pains us greatly that all these years later, our nation's promise has yet to be fulfilled.  We join all Americans of good will in deploring the senseless murder of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police. Over these past months the Society has hosted a number of virtual programs.  Even as we now resume our work with the offering of new programs, our attention remains focused on the senseless loss of innocent lives and our commitment to the difficult, necessary conversations and actions we must all take to begin to ensure that such tragedies end. Read more about virtual programming and resources that can be accessed remotely. Read more about the APS response to COVID-19.

Cynthia
Heider
Digital Projects Specialist

Cynthia Heider is the Digital Projects Specialist at the APS Center for Digital Scholarship, working to increase the digital accessibility and preservation of the APS’ collections and to promote their use. Her work is particularly informed by an interest in the structure, integrity, and ethics of data use in the humanities. She has worked on various digitization and open data projects at the APS since the summer of 2017, when she joined the institution as the Martin L. Levitt Fellow. She holds an M.A. in History from Temple University’s Center for Public History, as well as a B.A. in History from Goucher College.