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Daniel Bell, a Fellow of the American Academy since 1964, is Henry Ford II Professor of Social Sciences Emeritus at Harvard University. Bell's publications include “The End of Ideology” (1960), “The Reforming of General Education” (1965), which won the gold medal of The American Council of Education, and “The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism” (1976). He has written or edited eighteen books, a number of these in Japanese. He was for twenty years a councillor of the Suntory Foundation in Japan and for ten years Scholar-in-Residence at the American Academy.

Wolf Lepenies, a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy since 1992, was Rector of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (1986–2001) and is now a Permanent Fellow there and professor of sociology at Freie Universität Berlin. Among other prizes, he received the Alexander von Humboldt Prize for French-German Scientific Cooperation, the Karl Vossler Prize, and the Joseph Breitbach Prize. His publications include “Die drei Kulturen” (1985), “Benimm und Erkenntnis” (1997), and “Sainte-Beuve: au seuil de la modernité” (2002). His latest book, “The Seduction of Culture in German History,” will be published by Princeton University Press in the spring of 2006.

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