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The Technology and Culture Forum at MIT sponsors lectures and symposia that address critical issues of our time. The programs explore the role of science and technology in promoting positive social, ecological, and economic change. In addition, they stimulate discussion about the ethical implications of scientific discovery and technological innovation.

Noam Chomsky

“The Forum has played a highly constructive role in bringing critical issues to the attention of the campus and the community, and fostering discussion and active engagement. For me personally, it has been a great privilege to be able to participate over the years, occasions I always look forward to with much anticipation.”

Noam Chomsky


Please Empty Your Pockets promotional photo

Moral Tribes Book Cover

What is Live? Talk Poster

ID Fair

ID Fair

Wall Street in context

Iran protest crowd image


Cairo Demonstration

Teach In


Thimi Woman

Countdown to Zero movie poster

A short video about T&C

Spring 2014


Getting Beyond Us and Them:
Living Ethically in a Complex World
Mondays from 3:30-5:00pm

Check out these additional classes offered by the MIT Department of Linguistics and Philosophy

The Nuclear Agreement with Iran and Its Ramifications for the Regional Politics of the Middle East

Tuesday, April 15
E51-057 - click here for map

8th Annual Youth Summit on Global Climate Change

Saturday, May 10
The Stata Center, Building 32 - click here for map

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer's
Please Empty Your Pockets

Friday, June 13
MIT Museum; 265 Massachusetts Avenue


Combatting the Climate Crisis: The Path from Science to Action

Dr. James Hanson
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Sponsored by Fossil Free MIT

MIT Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Events and Campaigns-April 2014
Also check out The Representation Project

Gentrification and DIsplacement in Greater Boston:
New Challenges, Evolving Struggles

Tuesday, April 15 at 5:00pm

International Development at MIT

For over a decade, T&C has been a partner in hosting events to inform the MIT community about student projects, labs, programs, courses and numerous initiatives in international development. In addition, T&C co-produces a Guide to International Development at MIT. Click here for the most recent edition to the Guide 2013-2014.

For a comprehensive listing of international events taking place throughout the Boston area, please go to the Boston Network for International Development.


What happens in our brains when we think about people we consider enemies? Can we truly love our enemies?

How will we be affected by the increasing shortage of fresh drinking water? Is access to water a human right?

Who owns our genes, or the genes of the plants and animals we eat? What do the recent Supreme Court decisions about gene patenting mean for our lives?

Do new methods of online accessing of music, video, film and other intellectual and artistic property create an unfair compensatory environment?

What’s on your mind? We’d love to hear from you about the questions that matter in your life.


Getting Beyond Us and Them:
Our Brains and the Possibility of Peace

Tuesday, February 4
Click here to watch a video of this program.

Small Risk, Catastrophic Consequence:
The Challenge of Nuclear Terrorism

Jim Walsh
Wednesday, November 20
Click here for a video of this program
Listen to Jim Walsh on NPR’s “Here and Now”
Follow Jim Walsh on Twitter

Iran and American Foreign Policy: Where the US Went Wrong

Tuesday, May 14
Click here to watch the video.

Cities for Sale: The Right to Housing vs Corporate Real Estate

Friday, May 3
Click here to listen to this program
Part 1
Part 2

Check out MIT Global Zero

Click here to read our 2012-2013 Annual Report