Three Harvard faculty members were recently elected to the 2006 class of the American Philosophical Society (APS). The new members from the University include Howard E. Gardner, John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education Stephen Owen, James Bryant Conant University Professor, professor and chair, Department of Comparative Literature and Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology Theda Skocpol, dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and director of the Center for American Political Studies.
Founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1743, the APS promotes useful knowledge in the sciences and humanities through excellence in scholarly research, professional meetings, publications, library resources, and community outreach. Membership in the society is entirely honorary and reflects extraordinary accomplishments in all fields of intellectual endeavor. Members are nominated and elected by their peers in the society.