Glenn Nye and Joshua Graham Lynn on Reforming Our Political System

Fred Larsen, Joshua Graham Lynn, and Glenn Nye

Fred Larsen, Joshua Graham Lynn, and Glenn Nye

The National Institute of Social Sciences held its annual luncheon on June 20th at the Princeton Club of New York. The members and guests heard Glenn Nye, the president and CEO of the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, and Joshua Graham Lynn, managing director and co-founder of Represent.Us, the country’s largest grassroots anti-corruption organization, discuss ways to reform the nation’s political system.

President Fred Larsen introduced the speakers, noting that this was the 28th year that the National Institute hosted a luncheon in New York.

Trustees and committee members in attendance included Caroline Brown, Angela CasonBeth Corman, Joan DavidsonJoseph FlanaganSusan Gitelson, Judith HernstadtMichele JefferyElbrun KimmelmanMichelle LarsenRon MeyersMadelaine and Jonathan PielElizabeth ScottGracey StoddardJohn Swing, and Barbara Tober.

Other notable guests included Ronnie Ackman, Sidney Babcock, Ariane Batterberry, Karen Burke, Giosetta Capriati, Bruce Cohen, Mary Davis, Bill Derry, Elisabeth Gambee, Marjorie Reed Gordon, Lorna Graev, Susan Holliday, Giles Hunt, Steven James, Tertia Kiesel, Lucy Kirk, Meriel Lari, Colleen Pizzitola, Jose Rameau, Heidi Engler Roberts, Elaine Rosenblum, Betsy Scott, and Naomi Weitzner-Hart.

Established in 1912, the National Institute of Social Sciences ( is one of the nation’s oldest honorary societies. A voluntary association of public-spirited citizens, the National Institute promotes the study of the social sciences, supports social science research and discussion, and honors individuals who have rendered distinguished service to humanity.