CUNY Academy for the Humanities and Sciences
Graduate Center of the City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street, Suite 9121
New York, NY 10016-4398
Tel: 212.817.7940

CUNY Academy Annual Report 2016-2017

The CUNY Academy for the Humanities and Sciences was founded in 1981 to foster scholarship and research in CUNY. Affiliated with the University Faculty Senate, the Academy’s central concern has been to create a University-wide intellectual community and to encourage and support the scholarship of younger faculty. The Academy is a central feature of university intellectual life.

To these ends, the Academy administers the Feliks Gross Endowment Fund which annually invites submission from assistant professors to a competition, judged by senior faculty. The winners receive a cash award and a plaque in recognition of outstanding scholarship. Recent winners have come from the humanities, social sciencs, and natural sciences. The Academy’s  William Stewart Travel Awards support travel of young scholars to professional meetings. The Henry Wasser Awards honor our most promising assistant professors.

Throughout the academic year, the Academy sponsors a variety of lectures, seminars, theatrical events, forums, conferences, debates and presentations of new work. Speakers have included Nobel laureates, faculty from other universities as well as CUNY faculty. The Academy also sponsors the Seminar on Higher Education, the Seminar on the Modern Greek State and the Abraham S. and Paulette Smith Eisenstadt lecture in U.S. History. These events are publicized through mailings and campus-based publicity.

The main source of support for the Academy is member dues and endowments. University faculty and staff are invited to join and to propose programs. Wide support from the CUNY community is an essential requisite for the continued success of the Academy, a unique entity in the University.

Present and Former Honorary Members

Erich Angermann (University of Cologne)
Yves Bonnefoy (Collège de France)
Vittorio Castellano (University of Rome)
Jacques Derrida (École Pratique des Hautes Études)
Franco Ferrarotti (University of Rome)
Umberto Gori (University of Florence)
Sir Peter Medawar (Medical Research Council, U.K.)
Philip Morrison (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Paul Ricoeur (University of Paris)
René Taton (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales)
Ulrich Teichler (University of Kassel)
Stephan Verosta (University of Vienna)