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Technology shapes the modern world and MIT is a world leader in shaping technology. It is imperative that MIT students, faculty, and staff, not only engage in, but lead the dialogue about the potential change. For forty years, the Technology and Culture Forum has provided the only on-going, Institute-wide arena for such issues to be discussed.

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Technology and Culture Forum

The Rev. Thea Keith-Lucas, Coordinator
Patricia-Maria Weinmann, Assistant Coordinator
Christina English, Program Associate

Steering Committee

Sam Allen Samuel M. Allen — Materials Science and Engineering
Sam Allen is the POSCO Professor of Physical Metallurgy. His current research includes development of ferromagnetic shape-memory alloys for applications in high-stroke actuators, and the study of Ti-Ta alloys for medical implants. He is also interested in the art and craft of blacksmithing, and he has co-taught the freshman advising seminar, 3.A04 Physical Metallurgy, since 1986.
Nazli ChoucriNazli Choucri — Political Science
Professor Choucri is Associate Director of the MIT Technology and Development Program, and is Head of the Middle East Program at MIT. Her current research interests focus on innovations in global knowledge networking and implications for the global economy. As Director of the Global System for Sustainable Development (GSSD), she manages a distributed multilingual e-knowledge networking system designed to facilitate the provision and uses of knowledge in transitions to sustainability.
John DurantJohn Durant — Director, MIT Museum
Before arriving at MIT in 2005 to take up a joint appointment as an Adjunct Professor in the STS Program and Director of the MIT Museum. John Durant was Assistant Director and Head of Science Communication at the Science Museum, London and Professor of Public Understanding of Science at Imperial College, London. Dr. Durant is especially interested in public perceptions of the life sciences and biotechnology, in the role of public consultation in science and technology policy-making, and in the role of informal media (especially museums) in facilitating public engagement with science and technology.
James FayJames Fay — Mechanical Engineering; Professor Emeritus
James A. Fay is Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His current field of interest is environmental engineering, and his recent research activities have concentrated on air and water pollution problems. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Physical Society, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Professor Fay is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Sally HaslangerSally Haslanger — Linguistics and Philosophy
Sally Haslanger is a professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy. She has published on topics in metaphysics, epistemology and feminist theory, with a recent emphasis on accounts of the social construction of race and gender. She regularly teaches courses cross-listed with Women's Studies. Before coming to MIT, she taught at the University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and the University of California-Irvine.
Henry JacobyHenry Jacoby — Sloan School of Management
Henry Jacoby, an expert on global environmental issues, co-directs the Global Change Joint Program (MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change), a program represented by two parent organizations, CEEPR (Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research) and CGCS (Center for Global Change Science). The program is devoted to integrated analysis of the threat of global climate change. The program considers both the natural and social science aspects of global climate change, as well as the policy and management studies needed to support the development, negotiation, and implementation of a domestic and global response.
Jay KeyserJay Keyser — Linguistics and Philosophy
Samuel Jay Keyser is the Peter de Florez Emeritus Professor at MIT and is currently serving as special assistant to the Chancellor of MIT. Professor Keyser is an American theoretical phonologist, who is an authority on the history and structure of the English language, and on linguistic approaches to literary criticism He is well known to the entire MIT community and to jazz fans throughout the Boston area as an accomplished trombonist.
Jonathan KingJonathan King — Biology
Jonathan King is Professor of Molecular Biology. Professor King is a recipient of the Antarctic Service Medal of the United States for work on microbiology of extreme environments, a former Guggenheim Fellow and a recipient of an NIH MERIT Award. In addition to his scientific research, Professor King has long been concerned with the social implications of science and technology and has been engaged in efforts to democratize science policy and to expand public education in science and the development of science and technology for peaceful rather than military uses.
William R. LeitchWilliam R. Leitch — '56 — Management
William (Bill) Leitch graduated from MIT in 1956, in Course XIV, Economics and Engineering. For over forty years, Bill worked in business and technical publishing, researching and writing about topics ranging from auto safety and noise pollution to Internet business models and computer privacy at McGraw Hill Business Week and International Data's computer research services. Bill and his wife Betsy have supported T&C and other student-oriented MIT projects such as the International Development Network. Bill was recently named to the MIT Corporation Visiting Committee on Student Life.
Yoda PattaYoda Patta — '12, Materials Science and Engineering
Yoda Patta is a PhD candidate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and a Fulbright scholar. She became involved with T&C when she organized Doctors Without Borders @ MIT and Harvard in Fall 2007. Her current research focuses on the characterization of drug delivery devices for cancer treatment. She also currently serves as the co-editor for the GSC newsletter, the Graduate Student News. In her spare time Yoda enjoys listening to live music, baking cakes at two in the morning and relaxing with her friends.
Ruth PerryRuth Perry — Literature
Ruth Perry, a Professor of Literature, was the founding director of the MIT Women's Studies program. In 2000 she was elected president of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and has been awarded grants by the NEH and the NSF for projects on the social context of science, as well as fellowships from Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Bunting Institute, the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Rockefeller Foundation at Bellagio, and most recently a senior NEH research fellow. She has also been honored as a Mac Vicar fellow at MIT in recognition of her contributions to undergraduate teaching.
Robert PlotkinRobert Plotkin
Robert Plotkin (Course 6-3, 1993) is a patent attorney specializing in patent protection for computer technology, and a Lecturer at the Boston University School of Law. His academic work focuses on the impact of computer technology on the law, including whether software and automatically-generated inventions should be patentable. His book, The Genie in the Machine: How Computer- Automated Inventing is Revolutionizing Law and Business, was recently published by Stanford University Press.
Balakrishnan RajagopalBalakrishnan Rajagopal — Urban Studies and Planning
Balakrishnan Rajagopal, a Professor in Urban Studies and Planning, is also director of the MIT Program in Human Rights and Justice. He formerly served with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Cambodia between 1992-97 and received a Royal Award from the King of Cambodia in recognition. He has consulted with the UNDP, the World Commission on Dams and civil society organizations. He is also directing a major research project on manual scavenging and sustainable sanitation in India.
Bishwapriya SanyalBishwapriya Sanyal — Urban Studies and Planning
Professor Bish Sanyal, Urban Studies and Planning, holds a BA in architecture from the Indian Institute of Technology, an MS in urban planning from the University of Kansas at Lawrence, and a PhD in urban and regional planning from UCLA. He has been teaching at MIT since 1984, with research interests in planning institutions in developing countries; the role of non-governmental organizations in poverty alleviation; the informal sector and the household economy of urban poor; and planning education and theory.
Ali S. WyneAli S. Wyne — '08, Management; Political Science
Ali Wyne '08 graduated from MIT with degrees in Management and Political Science. During his time at the Institute, he started the Forum on American Progress, the MIT International Review, and a blog on humanitarian issues for MIT Admissions. Recently, he was the recipient of the prestigious Karl Taylor Compton Prize at MIT. This fall, He will begin work as a 2008-2009 Junior Fellow in the China Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Check out Ali's blog.
Thea Keith-LucasThea Keith-Lucas, Coordinator
Thea Keith-Lucas was raised on the campus of the University of the South in a family of scientists and engineers. Thea earned an MTS from Harvard Divinity School and an M.Div. from Episcopal Divinity School. In 2005, she was sponsored for ordination to the priesthood by Saint Luke’s and Saint Margaret’s Church in Allston, a parish which was a pioneer in the full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people in the Episcopal Church. She served as Curate to Trinity Church in Randolph, one of the most ethnically diverse parishes of the Diocese of Massachusetts, and then in 2007 was called as Rector of Calvary Episcopal Church in Danvers, where she initiated creative outreach efforts and facilitated a merger. Thea lives in Lexington with her husband, Jake Montwieler, and their two children..
Patricia-Maria WeinmannPatricia-Maria Weinmann, Assistant Coordinator
Patricia-Maria Weinmann has been with T&C for over 25 years and began working at MIT while pursuing her graduate degree in opera direction and production. Having always been interested in issues of justice and the environment, T&C was a natural draw. Her commitment to those and other issues has grown throughout the years-issues that include ethics, international development, nuclear non-proliferation, and environmental and economic sustainability. In addition to her work at MIT, Patricia is an active freelance opera director. She is married to the classical guitarist, John Muratore, with whom she has two children, Paulina and Nicholas.
Christina EnglishChristina English, Program Associate
Christina English has been working with T&C since 2007, after receiving her Master's degree in vocal performance from New England Conservatory, where she studied with Patricia-Maria Weinmann. In addition to her work with T&C, she serves as administrative assistant to Chaplain to the Institute Robert M. Randolph and the Office of Religious Life. She earned her B.A. in music from Loyola Marymount University, where she was part of the University Honors Program, a selective course dedicated to fostering an interdisciplinary, collaborative, and creative community of scholars. Christina maintains an active singing career, appearing in opera, concert, and musical theater productions throughout New England.