Harvey Cox Inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

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Harvey Cox, Hollis Research Professor of Divinity at HDS, was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences at a ceremony in Cambridge on Saturday, October 9. The program officially welcomed the Academy's 230th class of Fellows, celebrating cutting-edge research and scholarship, artistic accomplishment, and exemplary service to society.

Five members of the new class addressed their colleagues: the secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, G. Wayne Clough; renowned cancer researcher and chancellor of the University of California, San Francisco, Susan Desmond-Hellmann; veteran diplomat and president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Robert L. Gallucci; 15-term congressman and chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Jim Leach; and former Federal Reserve System vice chair and current CEO of financial services company TIAA-CREF, Roger W. Ferguson, Jr. Actor and director Liev Schreiber, actor and author Alan Alda, and federal judge Diane Wood also participated in the program.

"The induction ceremony celebrates the Academy's mission and the accomplishments of its newly elected members," said Academy president Leslie Berlowitz. "Through three centuries of service, the Academy and its Fellows have been dedicated to intellectual leadership and constructive action in America and the world."

The weekend events also included a program celebrating the arts and humanities that featured new Fellows, including actor, musician, and author John Lithgow; novelist Marilynne Robinson; poet Henri Cole; conductor and pianist Dennis Russell Davies; and violinist Arnold Steinhardt.

The 210 new Fellows and 18 Foreign Honorary Members are leaders in research, scholarship, business, the arts, and public affairs.

About the American Academy of Arts and Sciences: Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is an independent policy research center that conducts multidisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems. Current Academy research focuses on science and technology policy, global security, social policy, the humanities and culture, and education. With headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Academy's work is advanced by its 4,600 elected members, who are leaders in the academic disciplines, the arts, business, and public affairs from around the world.