MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2013 Activities by Category - Boston and Cambridge

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Art and Architecture Tour of the Boston Public Library

Cynthia Stewart, Docent, Boston Public Library

Jan/12 Sat 01:00PM-02:30PM Boston Public Lib., Meet inside Dartmouth St. entrance

Enrollment: Course is FULL
Sign-up by 01/09
Limited to 20 participants

Come tour the Boston Public Library (BPL) in Copley Square, one of America's architectural treasures. Designed by McKim, Mead and White and completed in 1895, the magnificent Renaissance Revival building marries art with architecture. In addition to mosaics, wall paintings, and murals, you'll see features made of 20 varieties of marble. On this special tour, you'll learn about the many connections between MIT and the BPL including a visit to the current exhibition, Palaces for the People: Guastavino and America's Great Public Spaces, organized by MIT Architecture's Prof. John Ochsendorf.

Sponsor(s): Architecture
Contact: Cynthia Stewart, 7-337, 617-253-4408,

CityDays IAP: One community together in community service

Kristi Gundrum Kebinger, Community Volunteer Administrator, Public Service Center

Jan/25 Fri 11:00AM-05:00PM Twenty Chimneys, Free lunch and transportation.

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/22
Limited to 150 participants
Prereq: none

We invite all members of the MIT Community to join us for the second annual community service day, CityDays IAP! 

First, have a delicious, free lunch at Twenty Chimneys. Then, head out into the Cambridge and Boston communities to volunteer with two local organizations:

1) The Greater Boston Food Bank, Boston, works to end hunger in eastern Massachusetts. Volunteers will be inspecting, sorting, and repacking donated grocery products to be distributed to hunger relief agencies.

2) Cradles to Crayons provides poor and homeless children with supplies. Volunteers will be sorting and packaging donations into "C2C KidPacks," individualized packages of essential children's items ordered for specific in-need kids.

Public transportation fees to/from the service placement will be provided.

Please register by January 22nd:

Sponsor(s): Public Service Center
Contact: Kristi Gundrum Kebinger, W20-549, 617-253-8968, serviceday@MIT.EDU

Energy and Climate Underground: MBTA Facilities and Tunnel Tour

Ethan Feuer, Student Activities Coordinator

Jan/25 Fri 09:00AM-01:30PM Location TBD, Meetup location will be sent out to participants

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Limited to 25 participants

Ever wonder how the MBTA really works?  Join a special tour of public transit operation centers and tunnels with MBTA staff. We will visit sites such as the MBTA Operations Control Center and the Haymarket MBTA Station Central Artery and discuss how America’s oldest subway system is preparing for climate and weather emergencies in the post-Sandy world.

Registration for this event here

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Initiative
Contact: Ethan Feuer, E19-370, 617-452-3199, EFEUER@MIT.EDU

Hands-on Weatherization Training

Ethan Feuer, Student Activities Coordinator

Feb/01 Fri 12:30PM-05:30PM Emmanuel Church, Meetup location will be sent out to participants

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required

Buildings account for 80% of energy used in Cambridge.  Maximizing the energy efficiency of building through weatherization is a top priority. MITEI is partnering with the Home Energy Efficiency Team (HEET) to offer students an opportunity to weatherize a Boston-based building. At this training session, you will learn and apply a wide-range of weatherization skills and also learn how to do a thorough energy-use audit.

Event registration form may be found here

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Initiative, Public Service Center
Contact: Ethan Feuer, E19-370, 617 452-3199, EFEUER@MIT.EDU

Homeless Children: America's Newest Outcasts

John H. Wong, Ph.D., DUSP, '92

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions

This year is the 25th anniversary of the Education of Homeless Children and Youth Program—America's primary response to critical problems in the education of homeless children. This seminar, led by DUSP alum John Wong (PhD 1992), will examine the accomplishments and shortcomings of this legislation, with the goal of improving the lives of the more than one million homeless children in schools.

Sponsor(s): Urban Studies and Planning
Contact: Ezra Glenn, 7-337, 617 253-2024, EGLENN@MIT.EDU

Jan/22 Tue 10:00AM-12:00PM 9-450A
Jan/23 Wed 10:00AM-12:00PM 9-450A

John H. Wong, Ph.D., DUSP, '92