Seminar Archive

40th Anniversary
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Spring 2005

SPURS/Humphrey Program Luncheon Seminar Series

“Myths About America“ | Spring 2005

This is a new lecture series intended to encourage debates within the MIT communty regarding the way international students and Fellows view the U.S. society, polity and economy. Organized by Professor Bish Sanyal, Director of the SPURS/Humphrey Program in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, the purpose of this lecture series is to subject to scrutiny conventional and popular understanding of non-U.S. citizens regarding social, economic, and political trends which influence US engagement with other nations. The lecture series will begin on March 14, 2005 and will extend to the next academic year.

MARCH | 14

Howard Zinn
Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Boston University
”The Myth of American Exceptionalism”
Rm. 26-100, 5:30 - 7:00pm

MARCH | 29

Alan Wolfe
Director of the Center for Religion and American Public Life, Boston College
”Religion and American Politics”
Rm. 6-120, 5:30 - 7:00pm


Eric Foner
DeWitt Clinton Professor of History, Columbia University
”The Story of American Freedom: 1776-2005”
Rm. 6-120, 5:00 - 6:30pm

APRIL | 14

Alma Guillermoprieto
Nieman Fellow, David Rockefeller Center for Latin. American Studies, Harvard University
”Modern Mexican Music and Cross-Fertilization”
Rm. 32.115, 5:30 - 7:00pm

APRIL | 25

Leo Marx
Kenan Professor of American Cultural History (Emeritus) Program in Science, Technology, and Society, MIT
”Jay Gatsby and the Myth of American Origins”
Room: 32-123, 5:30 - 7:00pm

MAY | 3

James A. Champy
Chairman, Perot Systems Corporation
”Understanding The American Executive: Leadership and Management in Business”
Rm. 6-120, 5:30 - 7:00pm
All Evening Lectures are open to the public.

MONDAYS - LUNCHEON SEMINARS: 12:15 - 2:00PM, RM. 10-401


John de Monchaux
”Detecting Good Places: Learning about the qualities of good places from practice and Theory”


Ben Hoffman
Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution, Tuffs University
”Waging Peace with Jimmy Carter in Sudan”


Larry Susskind
”Using Joint Fact Finding to Resolve Science-Intensive Policy Dispute”


Dale Whittington
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
”Sorting through the Evidence on the Costs and Benefits of Investments in Municipal Water and Sanitation Infrastructure in Developing Countries”

MARCH | 11

Calestous Juma
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
”Technology and International Development: Emerging Policy Perspectives”


Pablo J. Boczkowski
Sloan, MIT
”News Worlds: Rethinking the Dynamics of News Production”

For more information, call 617-253-5915
Reservations are required for lunch through

“Spurs furthered my transition to my dream career path. The opportunities offered by SPURS are infinite.”

Ernest O. Ansah
Ghana 2006-2007
Water and Sanitation Specialist