Ideas Matter — Boston Review
Fall 2013 Schedule
Wednesday, October 30, 4:30PM, MIT 32-155 (in the Stata Center)
David Keith, and panel to be announced
Topic -The Case for Climate Engineering
Climate engineering—which could slow the pace of global warming by injecting reflective particles into the upper atmosphere—has emerged in recent years as an extremely controversial technology. And for good reason: it carries unknown risks and it may undermine commitments to energy conservation. Some critics also view it as an immoral human breach of the natural world. The latter objection, David Keith argues, is groundless; we have been using technology to alter our environment for years. But he agrees that there are large issues at stake. On October 30, Keith and others will discuss the possibility of and obstacles to climate engineering. This event is based on the topic of David Keith's new BR Book, A Case for Climate Engineering, available soon from MIT Press.
This is an Ideas Matter event, a joint project of Boston Review and MIT’s Political Science Department that brings BR writers together with other experts and practitioners for substantive debate on the challenges of our times.
Monday, November 18, 5:30PM, Wong Auditorium, MIT. Enter via Amherst Street
Introduced by Nathan Schneider
Topic -What is Anarchism?
Noam Chomsky, world-renowned public intellectual and MIT Professor emeritus, will discuss the reasoning behind his fearless lifelong questioning of the legitimacy of entrenched power. Chomsky’s anarchism is distinctly optimistic and egalitarian. It is a living, evolving tradition, situated in a historical lineage, which emphasizes the power of collective, rather than individualist, action. This event is based on the topic of Noam Chomsky's new volume, On Anarchism, available from New Press.