APS: May News and Events

May 2021
American Philosophical Society Announces 2021 Members
APS Members Roll Book
Congratulations to the 29 Resident Members and seven International Members who were elected to the American Philosophical Society at the Spring General Meeting of the APS. New Members are nominated and elected each year by current Members in recognition of extraordinary accomplishments in all fields and for work that promotes useful knowledge. 2021 marks the first year when more women than men were elected to the Society.
These new Members join the nation’s oldest learned society and the company of over 5,700 Members elected since 1743 including including figures such as John James Audubon, Willa Cather, Marie Curie, Charles Darwin, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Robert Frost, George C. Marshall, Barbara McClintock, Margaret Mead, Maria Mitchell, and Louis Pasteur.
Upcoming Virtual Programs
cover of I've Been Here All the While
Thursday, May 6, 2021, 6:00 p.m. EDT
Join Alaina Roberts for a discussion of her new book, I’ve Been Here All the While, which explores the intersections of African Americans and Native Americans in Reconstruction-era Indian Territory (modern-day Oklahoma). In I’ve Been Here All the While, we meet the Black people who actually received the mythic “40 acres and a mule,” the American settlers who coveted this land, and the Native Americans whose holdings it originated from. Roberts received a grant from the Society’s Phillips Fund for Native American Research in 2015.
image of eagle with text "amusement here with science is combin'd to please, improve, and cultivate the mind"
Tuesday, May 18, 2021, 1:00 p.m. EDT
In celebration of International Museum Day, join Museum Education Coordinator Ali Rospond for this informal and fun virtual tour about Charles Willson Peale, his family, and the nation’s first successful public museum, the Philadelphia Museum. Discover the mysteries of the “Great Incognitum,” examine fossils, and learn about the origins of common museum practices today. Visit the web exhibition for the 2017 exhibition, Curious Revolutionaries: The Peales of Philadelphia, for more on the Peale family.
Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 1:00 p.m. EDT
For half a century, Thomas Jefferson kept detailed daily logs of the weather and tracked seasonal milestones like bird migrations and the freezing of rivers in winter. These records are now available through a digital resource, The Jefferson Weather & Climate Records, a collaboration between the Papers of Thomas Jefferson at Princeton University and the Center for Digital Editing at the University of Virginia. Join James McClure of the Jefferson Papers for a discussion of this project.
Wednesday, June 2, 2021, 1:00 p.m. EDT
Throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, the human mind captured the imagination of the American public. Efforts to reveal the subconscious and to understand mental physiology inspired the creation of new technologies, modes of experimentation, and collaborations that aspired to make visible the inner workings of the brain. These developments had profound impact on the production of scientific and medical expertise that continue to influence conceptions of race, gender, and mental illness in the present.
Join the American Philosophical Society and the Consortium for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine for a conversation with historians of medicine Courtney Thompson and Alicia Puglionesi as they discuss their recent books on phrenology and psychical science.
APS Awarded NEH Grant to Fund Sabbatical Fellowships
Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through its Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions, the American Philosophical Society will offer fellowships to support mid-career or senior scholars as they immerse themselves in the Society’s collections and complete a book project over a 6- or 12- month period. Opportunities for sabbatical fellowships are often hard to find and this fellowship will offer scholars dedicated time in the archives while they join the APS’s vibrant community of fellows—one of the largest fellowship programs in the United States.
Indigenous Languages and the Promise of Archives Out Now
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A new book of papers drawn from the 2016 conference “Translating Across Time and Space: Endangered Languages, Cultural Revitalization, and the Work of History” is now available through the University of Nebraska Press. Edited by Adrianna Link, Abigail Shelton, and Patrick Spero (APS 2019), this volume highlights case studies of community-based scholarship and the use of archival materials for the revitalization of Native American and Indigenous languages. The articles offer commentary from leading experts including APS Members Regna Darnell (APS 2004), Robert Miller (APS 2014), and the late Michael Silverstein (APS 2008).