The Berggruen Institute, announced today its third cohort of Berggruen Fellows to research the transformative ideas shaping our society and their impact on humanity while promoting both academic and cultural exchange globally. Joining a notable roster of Berggruen Fellows such as Yi-huah Jiang, Owen Flanagan, and Samuel Moyn—this year’s endowments include Roger Ames, Rajeev Bhargava, Marco Ferrante, Liz Fouksman, Peter Hershock, Terra Lawson-Remer, Jennifer London, Andrew F. March, John Markoff, Viren Murthy, Sarah Ogilvie, Arati Prabhakar, Tenzin Priyadarshi,and Rafal Stepien and were selected for impactful contributions to their respective fields. 

From global and technological development to philosophical and cultural exchange, the 2017-2018 Berggruen Fellows are to conduct research and collaborate with one another at premier research institutions in the United States, Great Britain and China. Fourteen fellows – from Harvard, New York University, Stanford, Oxford, Peking and Tsinghua University – will produce scholarly workshops, deliver lectures and academic articles in order to disseminate the ideas cultivated throughout their fellowship.

 Founded in 2010 by philanthropist and investor Nicolas Berggruen, the Berggruen Institute mission is to develop foundational ideas and provide critical analysis that will shape political, economic and social institutions for the 21st century. Since its inception, the Berggruen Institute has launched the 21st Century Council, the Council for the Future of Europe, the Think Long Committee for California and the signature Berggruen Prize

 “Berggruen Fellows are leading thinkers who focus in an in-depth way on great transformations that are reshaping the human condition and how we may, in turn, impact our future through ethical and social decisions," said Berggruen Institute President Craig Calhoun. 

Although diverse in their areas of study, the Berggruen Fellows will collaborate and dialogue with one another throughout their term, providing them an opportunity to expand upon or refine their ideas. Five fellows at Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) will research the rapid technological innovations of our era and how those innovations are transforming our society. As part of CASBS’ five-person fellowship, Arati Prabhakar, the former director of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for the Obama Administration, will research how the defense industry and expanding military capabilities impact the world. At Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, three fellows will research how culture, ethics, and systems are formed over time and what they mean today. Among these, Andrew F. March, a professor of law at Yale University, will research the problems of sovereignty in Islamic thought. Roger Ames, at Peking University, will lead several collaboration projects with other Eastern philosophical scholars and write on Confucian ethics--an area of great interest for its present day applications to the fields of governance, science and technology.

“These Fellows represent the very best of productive academic collaboration. Their work and status as rising thought leaders demonstrate the Berggruen Institute’s wonderful dedication to supporting the ideas and people that are shaping our world”, said University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann.

The Fellowship Program is one of several projects created to help the Berggruen Institute achieve its mission of nurturing ideas that shape the future. It offers scholars the opportunity of flexible periods of up to two years to live and work in both the West and Asia. Over the last two years, the themes of the fellowship have evolved from comparative philosophy and religion to the great transformations impacting the world today. 

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