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A message from director Margaret Levi

I'm delighted to report that CASBS increasingly is becoming what its board, academic advisory committee, senior staff, and I envisioned: a place where scholars collaborate — across disciplines, methods, and theories  — to identify and explore important lacunae in our thinking and research. Our aim is the advancement of knowledge and improvement of practice on socially significant questions.                                                 
2015-16 Class Takes to the Hill

The current CASBS cohort – composed of 36 fellows, six research affiliates, and two visiting scholars – arrived in September and continues the tradition of adding a new layer of depth and richness to the Center’s intellectual life and fabric. They are a multi-disciplinary set of scholars who are leaders in their respective fields. Among them are 21 women, nine fellows representing institutions outside the U.S., and three members of the American Academy of...      
Knowledge Summit Sets Trend

The 2015 Behavioral and Social Science Summit, hosted by CASBS in collaboration with the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), explored issues associated with how and where knowledge is produced, analyzed, and disseminated – and the way we should think about and react to the resulting transformative changes occurring around us. Held on the Stanford University campus on November 5, the summit brought together some of the  brightest minds and innovators from universities, government...         
Public Symposium Series Expands

In 2014-15 CASBS launched a public symposium series, held at the Center and showcasing the work of current CASBS-affiliated scholars. The inaugural series focused on the theme of “Thinking Across Boundaries” and featured talks involving computer science, best practices in health care, and mindset research.

Based on the suc
cess of and response to the first series, the CASBS 2015-16 symposium series has expanded from three to four talks                 
Future of Work & Workers Project

What is the future of work? What will be the most consequential changes in the world of work and workers, and what anxieties and possibilities will they produce? More specifically, are robots going to take over all work? How do we prepare the workforce of the future? How should governments and corporations respond, and what are the models for governance? What creates meaning in a world of temporary work? How will demographics change the...
Levi Elected to NAS

CASBS director Margaret Levi has been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Levi is one of four former CASBS fellows elected to NAS in 2015. The others are Robert Bates (a member of Levi's 1993-94 CASBS cohort), Dorothy Cheney (1983-84), and Matthew Jackson (2005-06). A remarkable 205 CASBS fellows have been elected to NAS over the decades.

In an April 28, 2015, media release th
e NAS announced the election of Levi and 83 other U.S.-based members. The newly elected bring the
total number of NAS members to 2,250.
Long Now Partnership Deepens

In early 2015 CASBS announced a new collaboration with The Long Now Foundation in San Francisco. Since May of that year, CASBS fellows and affiliates have appeared regularly as part of the foundation’s Conversations at The Interval series of salon talks. The Interval is a bar, café, museum, and social hub intended “to help make long-term thinking more instinctive, rather than difficult and rare.” Three members of the...

Mindset Scholars Extend Reach, Influence

CASBS is positioning itself as a magnet for interdisciplinary, collaborative groups of researchers who focus on major tractable social science issues and problems over time. This broad effort has begun to produce significant, innovative advances, with the Mindset Scholars Network (MSN) as an excellent, early exemplar.     
Miller McCune Endows Directorship

Sara Miller McCune, founder and executive chairman of SAGE Publications as well as publisher of Pacific Standard, has devoted much of her career to supporting social science research. In 2015 she made a $5 million gift to endow the Sara Miller McCune Directorship of CASBS, a title now held by Margaret Levi. It is the largest of many gifts she has made to the Center. Her involvement with CASBS began in the 1970s after discovering that the Center supported many of the social scientists published...              

New Board Members Announced

CASBS added four members to its board of directors during 2015. The group brings an impressive diversity of accomplishments, experience, and talents, reflecting the Center’s spirit of interdisciplinary collaboration in social and behavioral sciences research that advances knowledge and applies it to pressing contemporary issues.                      
In Other CASBS News...
2015-16 CASBS Class Making News
Upcoming Events
Rachel Kleinfeld     Feb 23
Natasha Iskander &
Louis Hyman       April 19

Ted Slingerland     April 26
Andrew Chignell    May 24
Ann Pendleton-Jullian & John Seely Brown   May 31
Rose McDermott    July 19
Former Fellows
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The latest contributions to the famed Tyler Collection â€” works conceived, initiated, or completed by fellows during their year in residence and which acknowledge CASBS.
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This handsome new plaque in the CASBS main breezeway celebrates class gifts directed to the Fellows Fellowship Fund. Established in 2009, this fund exclusively supports current CASBS fellows.

View our acknowledgment of special gifts honoring CASBS's 60th anniversary.

What is the CASBS Live Oak Society, and who is in it?
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"My CASBS experiences have left a deep and lasting impression on me, and ultimately have inspired me to do my part to help CASBS ensure that future fellows reap the same benefits as I have from CASBS. I'm proud to be a Live Oak Society member and to have my name and legacy forever associated with CASBS."
- Mark Snyder
CASBS fellow (1980-81, 1989-90)
      In Memoriam      

Read about members of the CASBS family who we've lost recently.

Philip Converse, CASBS director (1989-94)

Robert Wallerstein, fellow (1965-66, 1982-83)

Sacvan Bercovitch, fellow (1979-80)

Herbert Abrams, fellow (1980-81)

Douglass North, fellow (1987-88) and Nobel laureate
Some Notes on the 2014-15 Class

Last year's class of fellows left its indelible mark on CASBS while in residence on the hill. You can read some cool things by them and about them here.
OK so THIS happened in Nov. 2014...
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