What do Denzel Washington, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and Cornell Law School Professor Ted Eisenberg have in common? They are all 2010 inductees into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, which each year honors leaders in the humanities, the arts, business, the nonprofit sector, public affairs, and the sciences. This year's class was announced on Monday, April 19.
Eisenberg notes that the announcement came on the same day as his wife's birthday. "I received the letter (from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences) and, of course, I was thrilled. But I also bought my wife an iPad for her birthday. In the scheme of things, the iPad got the bigger reaction in our family," he laughed.
Eisenberg shares this honor with some of the world's greatest journalists, educators, artists, and scientists. He describes being listed with such luminaries as "genuinely exciting."
Professor Eisenberg is the Henry Allen Mark Professor of Law at Cornell Law School, where he teaches bankruptcy, debtor-creditor law, constitutional law, and federal income taxation. He is considered one of the foremost authorities on the use of empirical analysis in legal scholarship and is known as a groundbreaking scholar in the fields of bankruptcy, civil rights, and the death penalty.
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences was established in 1780 by John Adams and John Hancock, among others. The academy is a center for independent policy research that undertakes multi-disciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems. The new class will be inducted at a ceremony on October 9, at the Academy's headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.