Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Achille Mbembe elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
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The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has elected 228 new National and International Scholars, Artists, Philanthropists, and Business Leaders.
The 237th class of members includes Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Wits University-based academic Achille Mbembe.
Also on the list are philanthropist and singer-songwriter John Legend, award-winning actress Carol Burnett, award-winning actor and activist Sir Ian McKellen, mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani, immunologist James P Allison.
Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is one of the country’s oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers, convening leaders from the academic, business, and government sectors to respond to the challenges facing—and opportunities available to—the nation and the world. Members contribute to Academy publications and studies in science, engineering, and technology policy; global security and international affairs; the humanities, arts, and education; and American institutions and the public good.
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