Princeton awarded Henry R. Luce Professorship in Information Technology, Consciousness and Culture

Oct. 24, 2000 3:09 p.m.

Princeton University has received a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to create the Henry R. Luce Professorship in Information Technology, Consciousness and Culture. A wide-ranging search to fill the position will begin this fall.

The Luce professor will work with colleagues across the University to broaden the impact of the humanities and social sciences on work at the cutting edge of information technology and cognitive neuroscience, and to place the consequences of that work in historical and cultural perspective.

"This is an ideal time for the creation of this professorship," said Associate Provost S. Georgia Nugent, who led the grant proposal process and will also lead the search for a scholar to fill the position. "We are at a critical historical moment, and faculty members from a wide range of disciplines are eager to work together to explore both the possibilities and the limits of the technologies we create as well as to understand them in the context of the human sciences."

The award, for an amount to be determined when the appointment is made, represents a six-year commitment by the Luce Foundation to support the professorship with a possible three-year extension. The professorship will continue as part of the University faculty at the end of the grant period.

Contact: Justin Harmon (609) 258-3601