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.


The National Institute of Social Sciences will honor Nobel Prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman, philanthropist and international not-for-profit leader Geraldine Kunstadter, and author and landscape preservationist Elizabeth Barlow Rogers at its 104th Gold Medal Dinner on Thursday, November 29, 2018 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.

John Parrish Peede, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, talked about “Beauty, Optimism, and the Waves of History" at the National Institute's 27th annual discussion luncheon, held on Tuesday, June 12 at the Cornell Club of New York. Mr. Peede, who was confirmed as chairman in April 2018, remarked that "no intellectual subject is outside the scope of the humanities."