Arts & Humanities at MIT
Poem: LAUGHING TOGETHER
Photo Essay: West Garage
With this issue of the Faculty Newsletter we initiate another regular feature: Arts & Humanities at MIT.
Some faculty in these disciplines feel that they live on the margin of the Institute, and many other MIT faculty members have no idea what goes on in this realm of academic life. They have only a vague notion that the School of Humanities and Social Sciences somehow serves the rest of the Institute and facilitates its missions in the areas of science and engineering and economics.
But all over our campus people are writing poems and novels and plays, composing music and dance, examining and criticizing culture, investigating language and literature, considering and shaping the ever-shifting forces of narrative and media. Faculty members, students, and staff are raising their voices in myriad ways about what matters in our lives and our society. And these efforts enrich our community in untold ways. Indeed, they give it life.
As poet and Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda said, poetry is revolutionary, as it asks: Imagine the world like this.
Imagining is what we do at MIT. It is the work of the scientist and the engineer to imagine, discover, and invent. And it is also the essential work of the artist and humanist to help us to imagine ourselves, our institutions, and our environments differently and to bring these efforts to bear on the work of the scientist and engineer.
Through this new feature, we hope to shed light on what kinds of imaginings are going on in the arts and humanities at MIT, what people are thinking about and grappling with in these areas, and how these unique contributions enrich the other disciplines.
In each issue we hope to include articles on work being done in the arts and humanities by our faculty members, articles on the roles of these disciplines and their relationship with the rest of the Institute, as well as literary and visual artwork created by members of the MIT community.
Please submit your articles and work (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that the entire faculty can see and recognize what a vital role the arts and humanities play at MIT.