The mission of the National Institute of Social Sciences is to promote the study of the social sciences, to support social science research and discussion, and to honor individuals who have rendered distinguished service to humanity.


Social media platforms have transformed our relationships with culture, the media, and each other. They have the power to sway popular opinion, raise awareness, and inspire movements. Join members on Monday, March 25, for a forum with Dario Spina, chief marketing officer at Viacom Velocity, where he’ll lead experts in academia, journalism, social technology, and marketing in a discussion about the implications of our relationships with social media .


Nationally recognized art historian and curator Elliot Bostwick Davis, who was recently named curator of the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, will headline the annual luncheon of the National Institute’s Florida Chapter on Tuesday, 23 April 2019.

On Thursday, November 29, the National Institute honored Nobel Prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman, philanthropist Geraldine Kunstadter, and Central Park Conservancy founder Elizabeth Barlow Rogers. The three received Gold Medals for distinguished service to humanity at the 104th Gold Medal Dinner at the Metropolitan Club in New York City.

The National Institute of Social Sciences hosted “Ten Restaurants That Changed America” on Tuesday, August 7,  in New York City. Guests enjoyed a lively discussion with Paul Freedman, author of “Ten Restaurants That Changed America” (2014) and Richard Coraine, partner and chief of staff at Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group.