Past Program

Mar 30, 2011

New England Fellowship Gathering


Made possible through the generous support of the Bostonian Society and the de Sola Pool Family, this evening lecture and reception will prove an opportunity to both relive the Salzburg experience and re-connect to the Seminar's network of Fellows and upcoming program. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m.

Hosted at Boston's Old State House, an important landmark at the center of Boston's revolutionary history, Fellows will focus on modern-day struggles for democracy in the Middle East and the ways in which new forms of communications technology are contributing to those causes for freedom. This conversation will be led by an award winning journalist and executive editor of who has only recently returned from covering the upheaval in Cairo.

While we encourage all Salzburg Global Fellows to participate, space is limited so please sign up soon. There is no fee for participation, however should travel be necessary, Fellows should make their own travel and accommodation arrangements. Please RSVP to to confirm your attendance.

Many thanks to the many Salzburg Global Fellows who have been instrumental in the planning and organization of this event, especially Herb Gleason, Leigh Montgomery, Marieke Van Damme, and Charles M. Wyzanski

The Bostonian Society

"The Bostonian Society is dedicated to studying, and preserving Boston's uniquely important history, embodied in materials, records, and structures such as the Old State House, and in sharing an understanding of the revolutionary ideas born here." (From The Bostonian Society is very generously sponsoring the venue for this Salzburg Global Fellowship event.

The Ithiel de Sola Pool Lectureship

The Ithiel de Sola Pool Endowed Lectureship on the Impact of Communications Technology on Society and Politics is supported by the generous gift of Jean MacKenzie Pool.


Ithiel de Sola Pool, born in 1917, was a pioneer in the development of social science and network theory. Dr. Pool received a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1952, and held academic positions at Hobart College and Stanford University before joining the Massachusetts Institute of Technology faculty in 1953, where he was the first chair of the political science department and a founder of the Center for International Studies. He remained a leader of MIT's political science and international programs until his death in 1984. He edited a seminal work, The Handbook of Communication (1973), which defined the scope of the field, and his renowned works Technologies of Freedom (1983) and Technologies without Borders (1990) were defining studies of communications and human freedom, both as a history of older systems of communication and as visionary accounts of the ways in which emerging digital technologies might transform social and political life.