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The Technology and Culture Forum is a ministry of the Episcopal Chaplain at MIT, and grows out of the church’s commitment to peace, justice, and upholding human dignity. Our programs challenge participants to consider how their work as scientists, engineers, managers, and citizens furthers these ideals.

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During the 1999-2000 academic year, T&C hosted programs on Internet Security, Forging Sustainable Communities, Human Rights Abuses in Colombia, Human Gene Therapy, International Trade and Global Food Supply, the Meaning of Human Identity, Ethics and Business and Re-Inventing Higher Education in the 21st Century.

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Forums 1999-2000

Internet Security: How Do We Achieve It?
Monday, May 1, 2000

Speakers:
Whitfield Diffie
Distinguished Engineer, Sun Microsystems; Inventor of public-key cryptography
Jeffrey Schiller
Manager, Campus Computer Network, MIT; Author, MIT Kerberos Authentication System
Alan Davidson '89
Staff Counsel, Center for Democracy and Technology
Joseph Pato
Senior Scientist, Hewlett Packard, Trusted E-Services Lab and Chief Technology Officer, Internet Security Solutions Division

Moderator:
Ronald Rivest
Associate Director, Lab for Computer Science, MIT

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Forging Sustainable Communities: How Do We Get Here to There?
Tuesday, April 25, 2000

Speakers:
William Shutkin
Founder and President, New Ecology, Inc.; Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT; author of The Land That Could Be: Environmentalism and Democracy in the 21st Century
Greg Watson
VP, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative Renewable Energy Programs ; Director, Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust
Mark Dowie
Author of Losing Ground: American Environmentalism at the Close of the 20th Century ; former publisher and editor of Mother Jones
Fred Moavenzadeh
Director, Center for Technology, Policy and Industrial Development, MIT; Director, Technology and Development Program, MIT

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Country in Crisis: The Labor Movement and Human Rights in Colombia
Tuesday, April 4, 2000

Speaker:
Patricia Buritica
Leader of the Casa de la Mujer division of the Central Organization of Colombian Workers

Moderator:
Professor Jean Jackson
MIT Department of Anthropology

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Human Gene Therapy: The Promise and the Peril
Tuesday, March 28, 2000

Speakers:
George Annas
Chair, Health Law Department, Boston University School of Public Health
Sheldon Krimsky
Professor, Urban & Environmental Policy, Tufts University
James Heywood '91
Founder and Executive Vice President, ALS Therapy Development Foundation
Claudia Mickelson
Chair, Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee, National Institutes of Health

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Stolen Harvest: International Trade and Global Food Supply
Thursday, March 16, 2000

Speaker:
Vandana Shiva
Director, Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy; world renowned environmental leaders; author of Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge and Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply

Moderator:
Professor Jonathan King
Biology Department, MIT

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The Meaning of Human Identity
Thursday, March 2, 2000

Speakers:
Sherry Turkle
Author of Life on the Screen and The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit; Program in Science, Technology and Society, MIT
Rodney Brooks
Director, Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, MIT

Moderator
The Rev. Jane S. Gould

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Making Good Ethics Good Business
Thursday, February 17, 2000

Speakers:
Mitch Kapor
Founder of Lotus, co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation; Visiting Scholar in the Program in Media Arts and Science, MIT
Laura Nash
Director, Institute for Values-Centered Leadership, Harvard Divinity School
Timothy Rowe '92
CEO, Cambridge Incubator

Moderator:
Mary Rowe
Special Assistant to the President, MIT; Adjunct Professor of Management, MIT Sloan School

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Taking Control of Our Lives: Freedom, Sovereighnty and Other Endangered Species
Tuesday, February 15, 2000

Speakers:
Noam Chomsky
Related Links: Noam Chomsky's Works

[ Listen to it ]

 

Re-Inventing Higher Education in the 21st Century
Monday, September 27, 1999

Speakers:
John Deutch
MIT Professor, former MIT Provost and former director of CIA

Respondents:
John-Paul Clarke
Asst. Professor in Aero/Astro at MIT