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2018 Albert O. Hirschman Prize Ceremony and Lecture

Join us on November 30 for the presentation of the 2018 Albert O. Hirschman Prize to Professor Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. At this New York City event, Professor Jasanoff will receive the SSRC’s highest honor and deliver a lecture on “Theory, Critique, and Discipline in a Post-Truth Age.”

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SSRC Welcomes New Board Member

Dr. Vishakha Desai, a nonprofit leader and scholar of Asian culture and policy, has been elected to the SSRC Board of Directors. Dr. Desai served as president and CEO of the Asia Society from 2004 through 2012 and is an expert on the cultural roots of Asia’s economic and political transformation and challenges.

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Support the SSRC on Giving Tuesday

As the holiday season looms, many of us reflect on all the causes and people that inspire our gratitude. This year the Council gives thanks for the many individuals and organizations helping to secure and advance knowledge around the world. We hope you will consider becoming a partner in our work by making a contribution on Giving Tuesday. A gift of any amount supports trailblazing social research for the public good, including projects on disinformation and the role of social media in elections.

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Measure of America Launches DATA2GOHEALTH.NYC

The Measure of America program today introduces DATA2GOHEALTH.NYC, a free online tool providing comprehensive, detailed, and expansive views of the health of all of New York City’s residents. This new platform, a powerful extension of the program’s informative and influential DATA2GO.NYC tool, combines federal, state, and city data to better understand the variables affecting the health and well-being of the city’s population.

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Of Note

The SSRC’s Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum is a sponsor of a public event in New York November 19, collaborating with the International Peace Institute and the International Drug Policy Consortium to present “Beyond 2019: The Future of Drug Policies, and the Lessons Learned.”

The Abe Fellowship Program presents its second Abe Fellows Global Forum series next month, with public events in Atlanta on December 1 (hosted with Georgia Institute of Technology) and Washington, DC on December 3 (hosted with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace). Fellows will explore the challenges to scientific research and innovation in both the US and Japan, particularly those posed by the emergence of technology hubs in China and India.

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Dr. Rawia Tawfik

Dr. Rawia Tawfik, an alumna of the African Peacebuilding Network, has been named a Presidential Fellow by the African Studies Association (ASA) in recognition of her influential work on the potential for environmental and political conflict over access to the Nile. Tawfik’s research will be showcased at the annual ASA meeting in Atlanta, November 29–December 1, prior to which she will deliver lectures at three New York City–area universities (NYU, Columbia, and Rutgers-Newark).


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