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January 2011

Sat.
1/8
MIT 150 Exhibition Opening
Visit the MIT Museum to see the new MIT 150 exhibition, featuring 150 years of invention and innovation on display in the Museum's new Thomas Peterson '57 Gallery.

Part of MIT's 150th anniversary celebration

Fri.
1/14
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Second Fridays
Jump-start your weekend at the MIT Museum during our monthly free evening. Mingle with friends in the Museum's unique galleries with displays of holograms, kinetic sculptures, historic robots and some of the latest research coming out of MIT.
Free admission

Featured Program: 150 and Beyond
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
It's a Sesquicentennial Celebration at the MIT Museum! Be among the first to explore the new MIT 150 Exhibition, celebrating 150 years of Institute invention and innovation. Mingle with members of the MIT community as you discover one-of-a-kind artifacts that have changed the course of history on campus, in Cambridge, Boston, and the wider world beyond. This free opening event features hands-on demonstrations and conversations with experts throughout the exhibition.
Sun.
1/16
2:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Chantey Sing

Celebrate MIT and the sea! Come and sing sea chanteys and other maritime-related songs with a room full of fellow enthusiasts, professional and amateur. Program sponsored by NE Chantey Sings. Recommended for ages 8 to 108.

Free with Museum admission.

Tue.
1/18
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Planning an event for CSF 2011? This two hour workshop will introduce you to other event sponsors and science educators, outline resources available to you, give you a crash course in science communication, and offer an opportunity to troubleshoot the plans for your event.

Recommended for approved Cambridge Science Festival 2011 presenters.

Pre-registration Recommended


February 2011

Fri.
2/4
MIT 150 Opening

The Maihaugen Gallery display of the MIT 150 exhibition opens at in Building 14. View rarely seen objects from Institute history and a rotating display of artifacts from the MIT Institute Archives and Special Collections.

Part of MIT's 150th anniversary celebration

Sat.
2/5
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Inside 150: Stories of the Institute

Join the MIT Museum's Curator of Science & Technology, Deborah Douglas, for the inaugural public tour of the new MIT 150 exhibition. Step across disciplines to discover the hidden treasures of 150 years of innovation.

Space is limited; first come, first served.

Free with Museum admission

Fri.
2/11
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Second Fridays
Jump-start your weekend at the MIT Museum during our monthly free evening. Mingle with friends in the Museum's unique galleries with displays of holograms, kinetic sculptures, historic robots and some of the latest research coming out of MIT.
Free admission

6:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. 
Challenge your views of the world around you with video screenings from MIT’s DV Lab. See what happens when documentary film production takes on a social scientific outlook. Eight short films offer innovative perspectives on science and technology-related issues both at MIT and beyond.
Sun.
2/20
2:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Chantey Sing

Celebrate MIT and the sea! Come and sing sea chanteys and other maritime-related songs with a room full of fellow enthusiasts, professional and amateur. Program sponsored by NE Chantey Sings. Recommended for ages 8 to 108.

Free with Museum admission

Mon. 2/21 - Fri. 2/25

SCHOOL VACATION WEEK (running Mon 2/21 - Fri 2/25)

Celebrate National Engineers Week at the MIT Museum! Visit some of the MIT Museum's newest robots and explore MIT's unique contributions to innovation and invention through one or more of our scavenger hunts. Participate in a hands-on robotic engineering workshop using Lego Mindstorms NXT. Workshop space is limited (available on a first-come, first-served basis) and reserved for students ages 10 and above.

 

Workshops begin at 11:00, 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 each day.

Get a free timed-ticket from the second floor reception desk when you arrive.

Scavenger hunt guides are available at the second floor reception desk throughout the day.

 

All Engineers Week activities are free with Museum admission.

Sat.
2/26
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
150 Alive: The Exuberant, Friendly Inferno

Centerbeam takes center stage in the first “150 Alive” conversation in the MIT 150 exhibition. Join Elizabeth Goldring, poet, artist and Fellow in the MIT Program for Art, Culture and Technology for a conversation with Seth Riskin, the MIT Museum’s Manager of Emerging Technologies and Holography and Spatial Imaging Initiatives. Discover the sights and sounds of Centerbeam, a collaboration between MIT artists, scientists and engineers, incorporating holograms, laser, inflatable sculptures and more into a watershed, environmental and public artwork that was presented on the National Mall in Washington D.C. in 1978.

Space is limited; first come, first served.

Free with Museum admission


March 2011

Fri.
3/11
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Second Fridays
Jump-start your weekend at the MIT Museum during our monthly free evening. Mingle with friends in the Museum's unique galleries with displays of holograms, kinetic sculptures, historic robots and some of the latest research coming out of MIT.
Free admission

Featured Program: Nautical Night
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 

Come 'sea' the MIT Museum in a new way! Celebrate the 75th anniversary of the MIT Nautical Association and take a maritime tour of the Museum's new MIT 150 exhibition. Program will feature on-gallery conversations with Kurt Hasselbalch, Curator of the Hart Nautical Collections, and demonstrations of the latest marine technologies from local entrepreneurs and researchers.

Mon.
3/14
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Breaking the Code

Celebrate Pi Day and Einstein's birthday with a staged reading of scenes from Breaking the Code with Catalyst Collaborative@MIT, an award-winning science theater collaboration between MIT and Underground Railway Theater. Breaking the Code is a deeply moving play about the brilliant mathematician Alan Turing, regarded by many as the father of computer science. The play's title refers both to the fact that Turing broke the German "Enigma" code during WWII (greatly contributing to the Allies' victory) and to his refusal to lead a closeted life. Performance will be followed by conversation with the artists and a guest scientist.
Free admission; appropriate for adult and teen audiences


April 2011

Fri.

4/1
MIT 150 Opening

The Institute comes to life with treasured artifacts from the MIT community. The Compton Gallery display of the MIT 150 exhibition opens in Building 10 on the Infinite Corridor on April 1. See unique MIT artifacts that celebrate 150 years of campus life.

Part of MIT's 150th anniversary celebration

Sat.

4/2
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
International Development Night

Join the MIT community for an evening of exciting innovations for international development. The event will showcase the latest international innovations emerging across the Institute. The event brings together a diverse audience to share ideas and learn about MIT international development technologies and projects. The evening is a wonderful networking opportunity that promotes social awareness about pressing global issues such as poverty, public health, education, and mobility. Positive ID required.

Sponsored by the Technology and Culture Forum, the International Development Initiative and Graduate Student Life Grants.

Wed.
4/6
2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Venture Capital in America: 65 Years of Funding Entrepreneurs and Innovation

 

To celebrate the venture capital field and the outstanding entrepreneurs that VCs have funded and supported, Xconomy, in partnership with the National Venture Capital Association and the MIT Museum, is convening a conference marking the 65th anniversary of the industry. Held in concert with the NVCA's annual meeting in Boston, VC65 will highlight stories and lessons learned from some of the country's leading technology entrepreneurs and the venture capitalists who have backed them.


Please join some 600 NVCA members, all active venture capitalists, in MIT's Kresge Auditorium for an afternoon gathering which will be followed by a reception in the recently opened MIT 150th Anniversary Exhibition at the MIT Museum.

 

For a list of speakers and registration information see the Xconomy website

Fri.
4/8
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Second Fridays
Jump-start your weekend at the MIT Museum during our monthly free evening. Mingle with friends in the Museum's unique galleries with displays of holograms, kinetic sculptures, historic robots and some of the latest research coming out of MIT.
Free admission

Featured Program: MIT Hacks
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

MIT is known for its hacks, clever, benign, and "ethical" pranks or practical joke, which is both challenging for the perpetrators and amusing to the MIT community. Enjoy free admission at the Museum as we celebrate the history of hacking at MIT through special lectures and the release of the newest edition of Nightwork: A History of Hacks and Pranks at MIT, published by The MIT Press. The event will include a celebration of Nightwork, a public lecture, hack-parts on display, and an open mic session with local "hackers" (stories welcome!).

Sat.
4/16
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
150 Alive: Sounds of the Sea

Join Marty Klein, founder of Klein Associates, Inc. (and MIT alumnus!) and Kurt Hasselbalch, Curator of the MIT Museum’s Hart Nautical Collection, for a lively conversation around nautical engineering at MIT and Side Scan Sonar, featured in the MIT 150 exhibition.
Free with Museum admission

Sat.
4/30
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The MIT Museum turns itself inside out for the Institute’s Under the Dome: Come Explore MIT! (and the first day of the Cambridge Science Festival). Go behind the scenes of the Museum and explore unique artifacts from MIT’s history, as well as innovations in art, science and technology in Cambridge and beyond. The day’s programs will feature tours, hands-on activities, and a chance for visitors of all ages to see the Museum like never before.

Free admission all day

Sat. 4/30
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Alan Lightman in conversation about Mr. g

In his new novel, to be published towards the end of 2011, distinguished MIT novelist, essayist, physicist and educator Alan Lightman (author of Einstein's Dreams) provides a history of creation in which God tells his side of the story. In this afterword to MIT’s “Open House”, Lightman will read extracts from Mr. g and discuss some of the questions involved in writing the book with Head of the MIT Writing Program Professor Tom Levenson. Mr g lives with his aunt and uncle in the shimmering Void. How does one deal with metaphor before the existence of time and space?  How can one be respectful of religious beliefs while portraying God in a partly comic story? And much, much more….

This event is open to the wider community. Light refreshments will be served. Presented by the MIT Museum and the MIT Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies.

 


May 2011

4/30 through
Sun. 5/8

The MIT Museum celebrates the fifth annual Cambridge Science Festival! Check out our Festival schedule for a full list of programs and events at the MIT Museum. Activities include talks, tours, demonstrations, hands-on workshops and more!

Mon. 5/2 - Fri. 5/6
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch with a Luminary
           

Imagine taking one of the New England’s most impressive scientists out to lunch and getting to ask anything you wish! Bring your lunch and your questions for a freeform chat with Nobel Laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, and MacArthur "geniuses." See the Museum's Festival schedule for the full list of distinguished guests or watch the webcasts live from noon to 1 p.m. every weekday during the Cambridge Science Festival.
Lunch with a Luminary is free to all, and presented with support from the National Science Foundation.

Wed. 5/4
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Soap Box: The Internet and Political Change in the Middle East

Join MIT Museum Director John Durant and international guests for timely discussion about the role – and control – of the Internet during periods of social and political change. This special breakfast-time Soap Box will feature informal café-style conversation with experts in Cambridge and (by live link) in Cairo Egypt, with whom we will discuss the (ab)uses of electronic social networks during the recent "January 25 Revolution"

Co-hosted by the Technology and Culture Forum and presented with additional support from the National Science Foundation.
Watch it live!

Fri. 5/13
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Second Fridays
Jump-start your weekend at the MIT Museum during our monthly free evening. Mingle with friends in the Museum's unique galleries with displays of holograms, kinetic sculptures, historic robots and some of the latest research coming out of MIT.
Free admission

Featured Program: Reel World: MIT

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Join Larry Gallagher and the MIT Academic Video Productions team with special guest, the original MIT Science Reporter, John Fitch, for a night "behind the screens" at the MIT Museum. See historic and entertaining films from MIT's archives and learn how the AMPS team from the MIT Libraries are preserving the Institute's video history during MIT's 150th anniversary celebration. The event will feature highlights from the Elemental MIT and From the Vault collections, as well as the landmark Science Reporter series produced by MIT and WGBH. Question and answer session to follow--you'll never look at MIT the same way again!


June 2011

Fri. 6/10
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Second Fridays
Jump-start your weekend at the MIT Museum during our monthly free evening. Mingle with friends in the Museum's unique galleries with displays of holograms, kinetic sculptures, historic robots and some of the latest research coming out of MIT.
Free admission


July 2011

M-F daily 7/5-7/29
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Summer Fun at the Museum

Enjoy our demos and drop-in activities from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. every Monday through Friday in July. Try your hand at technoart, experiment with computer programming, and participate in hands-on building activities with our Museum educators.

All activities and demos are free with museum admission and appropriate for ages 8 and up. Please note that the times of the programs are approximate and based on staff availability and last minute changes to our daily schedule.

Fri. 7/8
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Second Fridays: Scavenger Hunt Extravaganza
Explore the MIT Museum through scavenger hunts for visitors of all ages. Prizes will be available as you puzzle your way through the Museum's award-winning MIT 150 Exhibition and discover the treasures of Robots & Beyond. Enjoy new activities and old favorites at the Museum's monthly free evening.
Free admission
Mon. 7/11 - Sun. 7/31
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Summer Scavenger Hunts
Following the popularity of the scavenger hunts during our Second Fridays Extravaganza, the MIT Museum is leaving them out for the rest of the summer! Choose from seven different hunts, available at the second floor reception desk. Visitors of all ages are welcome to join the fun--all you need is a keen eye, a sharp mind, and a sense of adventure!
Free with Museum admission
Fri. 7/15
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
The Ocean Engineering Experience
Meet MIT Sea Grant and and The Ocean Engineering Experience at the MIT Museum for an evening of celebration and learning of marine science and ocean engineering. Students will present how, in one week, they designed and built their floating structures and boats that communicate with each other. Light refreshments will be served.
Free admission


August 2011

M-F daily 8/1-8/19
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Summer Fun at the Museum

Enjoy our demos and drop-in activities from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. every Monday through Friday, August 1 through August 19. Try your hand at technoart, experiment with computer programming, and participate in hands-on building activities with our Museum educators.

All activities and demos are free with museum admission and appropriate for ages 8 and up. Please note that the times of the programs are approximate and based on staff availability and last minute changes to our daily schedule.

Every day
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Summer Scavenger Hunts
The popular MIT Museum scavenger hunts are available for the rest of the summer! Choose from seven different hunts, available at the second floor reception desk. Visitors of all ages are welcome to join the fun--all you need is a keen eye, a sharp mind, and a sense of adventure!
Free with Museum admission
Thu. 8/11
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Summer Robotics Workshop
Students ages 10-17 are invited to register for this special summer workshop! We will use LEGO Mindstorms and the NXT-G Programming Environment to explore artificial intelligence and robotics engineering. Workshop fee of $10 per student includes a special tour of the Robotics gallery and free admission to the Museum (enrolled student only). Further details available with registration.
This workshop and its wait list are full. No further registrations accepted.
Fri. 8/12
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Second Fridays: Summer Sampler

Come enjoy many of our summer activities all in one free night! Try your hand at technoart with Light Graffiti and experiment with computer programming with our Lego Mindstorms Robots. See innovative robotic technology projects created right here at the MIT Museum by current MIT students working in Museum Lab. Finally, don’t miss the opportunity to preview upcoming spring exhibitions through new interactive demonstrations. Activities are available for all ages: take photographs of science experiments, go on an expedition of the MIT Museum, and test your knowledge of Boston through the art and science of map-making.

Free admission

Mon. 8/15
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Summer Robotics Workshop
Students ages 10-17 are invited to register for this special summer workshop! We will use LEGO Mindstorms and the NXT-G Programming Environment to explore artificial intelligence and robotics engineering. Workshop fee of $10 per student includes a special tour of the Robotics gallery and free admission to the Museum (enrolled student only). Further details available with registration.
This workshop and its wait list are full. No further registrations accepted.
Mon. 8/22
3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
An Evening of Astrobiology @ MIT

Join us for an evening of talks, conversation, and hands-on activities that explore our search for life beyond Earth. This search, a field called astrobiology, incorporates many scientific disciplines from microbiology to geology to astrophysics. The evening will feature short talks by prominent local researchers and a set of interactive exhibits that combine results from scientific investigations and current events in astrobiology with the enthusiasm and creativity of the exhibit’s creators – local teenagers and young adults.
Presented by the Youth Astronomy Apprenticeship, MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research and the MIT Astrobiology Team.
Free admission after 5:00 p.m. Talks begin at 5:30 p.m.

Featured Speakers:


Florence Schubotz, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, MIT
Talk title: Some like it hot - Investigating life at extreme temperature and pH

Taylor Perron
, Cecil & Ida Green Assistant Professor of Geology, Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, MIT
Talk title: Water on Mars, from polar ice caps to the shores of an ancient ocean

Søren Meibon
, Astronomer, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
Talk title: Searching for shadows of extrasolar planets

Tue. 8/23 - Tue. 8/30
10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily

Worlds Beyond: The Search for Life in the Universe

Is there life beyond Earth? This is a question that has fascinated humankind for millennia. The science of astrobiology seeks to answer this question by exploring the possibilities of life elsewhere in the universe. This temporary exhibit, created by local teenagers and young adults, combines results from scientific investigations and current events in astrobiology with the enthusiasm and creativity of its designers. In the process, the exhibit leads visitors on an interactive experience to learn how we can search for life beyond our own planet, expanding our concept of what it means to be human.
Developed by the Youth Astronomy Apprenticeship, MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research and the MIT Astrobiology Team
Free with Museum admission


September 2011

Thu. 9/1 - Sun. 9/4
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Summer Scavenger Hunts
Prepare for the new school year over Labor Day weekend at the Museum with a challenging tour of the galleries! Choose from seven different scavenger hunts, available at the second floor reception desk. Visitors of all ages are welcome to join the fun--all you need is a keen eye, a sharp mind, and a sense of adventure!
Free with Museum admission
Fri. 9/9
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Second Fridays

Jump-start your weekend at the MIT Museum during our monthly free evening. Mingle with friends in the Museum's unique galleries with displays of holograms, kinetic sculptures, historic robots and some of the latest research coming out of MIT.
Free admission

Featured Program: Starbound with Joe Haldeman
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Join MIT author Joe Haldeman and other members of MIT's Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies an evening of literature and conversation at the MIT Museum. Professor Haldeman will read from his latest work, Starbound, and discuss what it takes to become an award-winning science fiction author. Haldeman is a five-time recipient of both the Nebula and the Hugo Awards, the two most prestigious science fiction honors; in 2010 he received the Damon Knight Grand Master award from the Science Fiction and Science Fantasy Writers of America.

Sat. 9/17
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Inside 150: Putting the 'Tech' in Architecture - POSTPONED UNTIL OCT. 1
Sorry, this tour has been postponed. Please see description below.


October 2011

Sat. 10/1
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Inside 150: Putting the 'Tech' in Architecture - NEW DATE!
MIT’s Department of Architecture was the first of its kind in the nation. Today, the School of Architecture and Planning is among the most innovative and practical design-based programs in the world. Take an insider’s tour of MIT 150 exhibition with Gary Van Zante, the MIT Museum’s Curator of Architecture and Design, to discover the people and projects that are changing the way we live in the world.
Free with Museum admission
Fri. 10/14
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Second Fridays

Jump-start your weekend at the MIT Museum during our monthly free evening. Mingle with friends in the Museum's unique galleries with displays of holograms, kinetic sculptures, historic robots and some of the latest research coming out of MIT.
Free admission

Featured Program: Feel the Heat

Presenters from MIT Lincoln Laboratory present an evening of hot science and engineering.

 

Hot Science

What is heat? How is it measured? How is it transferred from one object to another? How can it be used to run an engine? How can you keep heat out of your house during the summer and keep heat in during the winter?
Presented by Mark Hanson, Lincoln Laboratory

Hot Competition

See a showcase from the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST®) competition. Meet competition robots and control their movements. Robots from FIRST® LEGO® League, FIRST® Tech Challenge, and FIRST Robotics Competition will be on display.
Presented by Robotics Outreach at Lincoln Laboratory

Sat. 10/15
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Inside 150: Project Whirlwind, Sage, and pioneering MIT computer projects

MIT's computer pioneers including Whirlwind leaders Jay Forrester and Robert Everett gather for an afternoon program about the design, development and impact of Project Whirlwind, the first real-time computer ever built. Deborah Douglas, MIT's Curator of Science and Technology, and Museum Director John Durant will convene an informal panel discussion with our honored guests at 2 pm followed by a special tour of the MIT 150 exhibition highlighting some of the museum's most treasured computing artifacts at 3 pm. Visitors will have the opportunity to poise their own questions to some of the people most responsible for the computer revolution that has transformed our world.
Free with Museum admission

Fri. 10/21
5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Energy Night

An energetic evening of posters, networking, music, presentations and demonstrations. Sponsored by the MIT Energy Club with additional support from the Graduate Student Life Office.

Free admission. Food and beverages will be served (bring ID).

Tue. 10/25
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Life in the Universe: Are We Alone?

Are We Alone? That question has perplexed humanity for centuries. Perhaps scientists are getting closer to the answer; come find out during four evenings of discussion as biologists, astronomers, geologists, chemists and anthropologists talk and share their insights with you as they explain some of their latest research about life on other planets, as well as on our own.
Series Archive


Part 1 of 4: Life in the Universe (video)

Think big. Dimitar Sasselov, astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and director of Harvard’s Origins of Life Initiative provides a cosmic perspective on the conditions for life in the universe, while Sara Seager, MIT’s Ellen Swallow Richards Professor of Planetary Science and Professor of Physics, presents the latest research on the search for exoplanets. How many places capable of supporting life may there be in the universe?
Free admission, tea and coffee served

Sat. 10/29
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Inside 150: Nautical MIT

Enjoy ocean views of the MIT 150 Exhibition on this insider's tour with Kurt Hasselbalch, Curator of the Hart Nautical Collections. Explore MIT's rich history of ocean engineering and exploration as you discover the stories, nautical and nice.
Free with Museum admission


November 2011

Wed. 11/9
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Life in the Universe: In the Beginning

Are We Alone? That question has perplexed humanity for centuries. Perhaps scientists are getting closer to the answer; come find out during four evenings of discussion as biologists, astronomers, geologists, chemists and anthropologists talk and share their insights with you as they explain some of their latest research about life on other planets, as well as on our own.
Series Archive


Part 2 of 4: In the Beginning (video)

In the beginning, life was different. Join Nobel Laureate Jack Szostak, Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, and Roger Summons, Professor of Geobiology at MIT, for an interdisciplinary conversation about the origins and evolution of complex life on Earth. What does it take for life to appear, and how does it develop over time?
Free admission, tea and coffee served

Sun. 11/6 -
Thu.
11/10
Robert Wilson, Director, Experimental Theater

Robert Wilson is an American avant-garde stage director and playwright who has frequently been called the world’s foremost vanguard theater artist. His residency at MIT is made possible by the Arts at MIT Visiting Artist Program in collaboration with the MIT Museum, MIT’s Department of Music and Theater Arts, MIT’s Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT), and artist Elizabeth Goldring, ACT affiliate.
Events include a public lecture/demonstration on Wednesday, November 9 in Building 10-250.

Fri. 11/11
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Second Fridays

Jump-start your weekend at the MIT Museum during our monthly free evening. Mingle with friends in the Museum's unique galleries with displays of holograms, kinetic sculptures, historic robots and some of the latest research coming out of MIT.
Free admission

Featured Program: Lights, Camera Obscura, Action

Celebrate the intersection of art and technology with hands-on demonstrations and light projection experiments at the MIT Museum. Relax among the exhibits as you enjoy 'moving' displays of physics in action, inspired by Otto Piene's Lichtballett, on display at the List Center for Visual Arts from October 21 - December 31, 2011.
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Sat. 11/12
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
150 Alive: A Conversation About Public Art at MIT

Join Alise Upitis, the Curator of Public Art at MIT’s List Visual Arts Center, and Laura Knott, the MIT Museum’s Curatorial Associate for Architecture and Design and Interim Exhibition Coordinator, for a lively conversation about public art at MIT and Alexander Calder’s La Grande Voile, featured in the MIT 150 exhibition.
Free with Museum admission

Tue. 11/15
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Life in the Universe: Why Mars Matters

Are We Alone? That question has perplexed humanity for centuries. Perhaps scientists are getting closer to the answer; come find out during four evenings of discussion as biologists, astronomers, geologists, chemists and anthropologists talk and share their insights with you as they explain some of their latest research about life on other planets, as well as on our own.
Series Archive


Part 3 of 4: Why Mars Matters (video)

From Viking to the Mars Exploration Rovers, the Red Planet has long held our fascination as a platform for life. Klaus Biemann, Professor Emeritus in MIT’s Department of Chemistry, Samuel Kounaves, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Tufts University, and Zara Mirmalek, postdoctoral associate in MIT’s Program in Science, Technology, and Society, share their experiences working on various Mars exploration missions. What are we really searching for on Mars, and what might we conceivably find?
Free admission, tea and coffee served

Fri.
11/25
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Our annual fun-filled family event hosted by sculptor Arthur Ganson. Watch as participant teams link their individual machines together forming one mega chain reaction!

Rockwell Cage Gymnasium. $15 adults ($12.50 in advance), $5 students, seniors and MIT ID-holders. Includes a visit to the MIT Museum (open until 6:00 p.m.).
Tue. 11/29
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Life in the Universe: Finding Intelligence

Are We Alone? That question has perplexed humanity for centuries. Perhaps scientists are getting closer to the answer; come find out during four evenings of discussion as biologists, astronomers, geologists, chemists and anthropologists talk and share their insights with you as they explain some of their latest research about life on other planets, as well as on our own.


Part 4 of 4: Finding Intelligence ( video)
Mind matters. Harvard researchers Paul Horowitz, Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering, and Richard Wrangham, Ruth Moore Professor of Biological Anthropology, lead the final conversation of the series, discussing the nature of intelligence and how we go about detecting it – on Earth, and elsewhere in the universe. What does it take for animals to evolve intelligence, and how common is this event in the universe?
Free admission. Tea and coffee served.


December 2011

Sat. 12/3
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
150 Alive: The Most Studied Brain
Suzanne Corkin, MIT Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, sits down with MIT Museum Director John Durant to discuss her studies of H.M.'s brain. HM lost his hippocampus in the course of surgery for epilepsy in 1953, and as a result he lost the ability to form long term memories. His case opened up new avenues for exploring the nature and neural basis of memory. The final conversation in the Museum's 150 Alive program honors both H.M. and MIT's contributions to our understanding of the human brain.
Free with Museum admission
Sun.
12/4
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Exhibit Prototyping
MIT students join visitors in the MIT Museum galleries to explore new ideas for upcoming exhibitions. Give your feedback and get a sneak peak about what's in store for spring!
Thu.
12/8
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
The MIT Program in Art, Culture, and Technology hosts an evening celebrating the legacy of MIT's Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS). The event will include a lecture about visual design as a form of social engagement, and a discussion about transdisciplinary collaborations such as Centerbeam, which is featured in the MIT Museum's MIT 150 Exhibition.
Note: This program will be located in Building E15, Room 001 (MIT Cube, Wiesner Building) at 20 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA, NOT the MIT Museum
Fri. 12/9
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Second Fridays

Jump-start your weekend at the MIT Museum during our monthly free evening. Mingle with friends in the Museum's unique galleries with displays of holograms, kinetic sculptures, historic robots and some of the latest research coming out of MIT.
Free admission

Featured Program: Farewell to MIT 150

Join us for a final celebration of the MIT 150 Exhibition during our monthly free evening. Hear stories and memories from the Museum team, nominate your favorite objects for the MIT 150 Yearbook Awards and look ahead to MIT's next 150 years! Refreshments will be served!
Note: The exhibition itself remains open through December 31.

Sat. 12/17 - Sun. 12/18
Gallery Demonstrations
Join MIT Museum volunteers for hands-on activities and demonstrations in the galleries. All activities are free with Museum admission and subject to staff availability and last minute changes to our daily schedule. Call for details.

 

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Annual Events:

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The Cambridge Science Festival, presented by the MIT Museum, is a multi-day festival during the last week of April. Activities, performances, talks, demonstrations and a carnival take place throughout the city - for all ages!

Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction (affectionately known as F.A.T.) is the MIT Museum's annual family event. Dozens of teams build unique, fanciful machines in the style of Rube Goldberg. At the end of the day, all the machines are linked together and set off in a giant chain reaction!

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