Special Events


The Evolving Culture of Science Engagement

The ways Americans connect with science are changing. A new wave of science engagement marked by personality, informality, story, emotion, humor and genuine, two-way conversation is emerging in both new and old media and at live events. Science is being revealed and celebrated as a social enterprise: a messy, human process that all of us can relate to. The once-bright line between science and popular culture appears to be dissolving.

Yet our professional understanding of public science engagement has not kept pace with this emerging reality. It's time to begin a high-level, clear-eyed conversation about how science engagement works in the twenty-first century and why it seems to be sparking the imaginations of an apparently increasing number of Americans.

To accomplish this objective, MIT, in collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Culture Kettle, has launched an initiative designed to advance and extend best practice in the rapidly changing field of public science engagement. The Initiative begins with an invitation only two-day workshop planned for September 23 - 24 that will catalyze conversation among leading-edge practitioners and thinkers in the field.

The Evolving Culture of Science Engagement initiative is funded by MIT's Science Technology and Society program, Nautilus Digital Media, and the Noyce Foundation.

For more information, please contact Ben Wiehe at wiehe@mit.edu.

Nuclear Arms Control Mini-Seminar Series

Despite the end of the Cold War over two decades ago, nuclear weapons continue to be at the center of debates that dominate international relations today. Yet, the search for a world without nuclear weapons remains as elusive as ever.

Thousands of strategic nuclear weapons remain in the arsenals of the US and Russia and hundreds of tactical nuclear weapons are still deployed in Europe without any rationale. The presence of nuclear weapons real or perceived threaten peace in other parts of the world.

They are open to public.

For information about the seminars, please contact Subrata Ghoshroy at 3-3846 on campus or (617) 253-3846 from outside, or e-mail Ghoshroy@mit.edu. For logistical information, please contact Randyn Miller at randyn@mit.edu or 617-253-3452.


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