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Intelligence: The Comparative Analysis of Cognition” took place on July 10-22, 1999, at the University of Bielefeld, Germany. Institute convenors were Holk Cruse, University of Bielefeld, and Terrence Deacon, Boston University. This session centered on fellows’ projects and covered topics such as language evolution, bounded rationality, emotions and memory. Additionally this summer, two institutes were held at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Erfurt. The 11th German-American Young Scholars Summer Institute on the topic “The Unification of Germany––Problems of Transition in Comparative Perspective” took place from July 25 to August 6, 1999, at the University of Erfurt in Germany. The institute convenors were Wolfgang Schluchter, University of Erfurt, and Peter Quint, University of Maryland Law School. The institute dealt with numerous topics relating to German unification, including constitutional challenges, political culture, economic transition and the European Union, and Eastern Europe. Speakers invited to discuss topics relating to fellows’ research included Karl-Ulrich Mayer, Max Kaase and Konrad Weiss. The second session of this institute will be held at the University of Maryland in summer 2000. The 12th German-American Young Scholars Summer Institute on the topic “The Economics and Politics of Labor in Advanced Societies” took place on August 23September 3, 1999, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. The institute convenors were Martin Rein, MIT, and Claus Offe, Humboldt University Berlin. Session topics included consumption, collective bargaining, work-to-welfare programs and the women’s labor market. Guest speakers included David Ellwood, Juliet Schor and Tom Kochan. The second session of this institute will take place at Humboldt University Berlin in summer 2000. Staff: Christian Fuersich and Kelly Kleinhandler

Research on the Impact of the Arts on People and Communities The Social Science Research Council’s recently-established Program on the Arts (see p.13 for a description of the program and list of committee members) held its first research workshop on October 3-4, 1999, at the Council offices in New York. Members of the committee and several guests heard presentations on research on arts education (Bennett Reimer, Northwestern University and Ellen Winner, Boston College and Harvard University); community arts (Brenda Jo Bright, University of Massachusetts and Mark Stern, University of Pennsylvania); and the arts and social conflict (Paul DiMaggio, Princeton University). The speakers also participated in a panel discussion moderated by Carol Becker of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Recent Council Publications Serials ABE NEWS, vol. 8, Spring 1998. Produced by the Abe Fellowship Program Tokyo office. SSRC-MACARTHUR FOUNDATION PROGRAM ON INTERNATIONAL PEACE AND SECURITY NEWSLETTER, vol. 12, May 1999. “NGOs in the Field of International Peace and Security: Problems and Perspectives.” Edited by Betts Fetherston.

Miscellaneous A GUIDE TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH COUNCIL ARCHIVES AT THE ROCKEFELLER ARCHIVE CENTER, compiled by Kenneth W. Rose. Sleepy Hollow, NY: Rockefeller Archive Center, 1999. This introductory guide to the more than 440 cubic feet of Council records at the Rockefeller Archive Center is intended to help researchers identify particular parts of the collection that may be relevant to their projects. Prepared with funds donated by the Ford Foundation, the guide includes “An Introduction to the Social Science Research Council” by Council staff member Kenton W. Worcester. [His historical essay, “The Social Science Research Council: Plus Ça Change,” appeared in Items vol. 52, no. 4.] The guide, which will be distributed to serious researchers looking at Council holdings at RAC, will soon be available on the Center’s website, www.Rockefeller.edu/archive.ctr.

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