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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.


On November 27, 2001 renowned author, Karen Armstrong, spoke on the
Hijacking of Religion in War. Her books include History of God: The 4,000 Years Quest of Judaism, and The Battle for God.


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Forums 2001-2002

The World Bank: Critical Perspectives
Tuesday, May 28, 2002

Dennis Brutus
Professor Emeritus, Northwestern University; Jubilee 2000 South Africa
Devesh Kapur
Professor, Harvard University and author of "The World Bank: Its First 50 Years"
Njoki Njehu
Director, 50 Years is Enough

Dr. Balakrishnan Rajagopal

[ MIT World video ]


Technology and Law: Shaping a Peaceful and Just Future
Friday, May 17, 2002

Judge Weeramantry
Lunch at the Faculty Club with lecture by Judge Weeramantry, former VP of the International Court of Justice


National Missile Defense Or Offense? The True Role of the US Missile Defense System
Thursday, April 25, 2002

Dr. Dingli Shen
Deputy Director, Centre for American Studies Fudan University, Shanghai, China
Randall Forsberg
Institute for Defense and Disarmament Studies
Lisbeth Grundlund
Union of Concerned Scientists

[ Listen to it ] [ MIT World video ]


Peter Barnes: Who Owns the Sky?
Thursday, April 11, 2002

Peter Barnes
Founder, Working Assets and author of "Who Owns the Sky?"

[ Listen to it ] [ MITWorld video ]


The Impact Of MCAS On Inquiry-Based Science Education
Tuesday, April 9, 2002

Dr. Deborah Meier
Principal, Mission Hill School
Eugene Gallagher
UMass - Boston

Prof. Jonathan King

[ Listen to it ] [ MITWorld video ]


Exploring the Many Dimensions of Sustainable Development
April 3 - May 1, 2002

Tony Charles

University of Sunderland UK
Sylvie Faucheux
University of Versailles, France
Nicholas Ashford
John Sterman
Robert Scott
Economic Policy Institute
Basil Whiting
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor

Co-sponsored with LEEE, Sloan School and Department of Architecture

Audio cassettes of this series are available. Contact weinmann@mit.edu for information.


Does Tampering with the Human Genome Violate Human Rights?
Tuesday, March 12, 2002

Stephen Marks
Professor, Harvard School of Public Health

Co-sponsored with the MIT Program in Human Rights Law


Missile Defense: Causes and Consequences
Thursday, February 28, 2002

Stephen Van Evera
MIT, Political Science; Center for International Studies
Geoffrey Forden
MIT, Center for International Studies
George Lewis
MIT, Center for International Studies

Co-Sponsored with the MIT Undergraduate Research Journal


Desmond Tutu: Reconciliation in a Broken World
Sunday, February 24 , 2002

Desmond Tutu
Remarks by DESMOND TUTU made at an ecumenical gathering at the Cathedral of St. Paul in Boston.
Related Links: Tutu Foundation

[ Listen to it ]


Technology and the New Global Context: Rethinking Social Responsibility
Friday-Saturday, February 22-23, 2002

Philip Morrison
Tiffany Shlain
One of Newsweek's "Women Shaping the 21st Century," founder and director of the Webby Awards, Internet expert for ABC's Good Morning America

Panels on Genetic Engineering of Food, Security Issues on the Internet, and Global Climate Change (Saturday)

Conference sponsored by MIT Student Pugwash

[ Listen to Keynote speech (February 22, 2002) ]
[ Listen to Panel 1 (February 23, 2002) ]
[ Listen to Panel 2 (February 23, 2002) ]
[ Listen to Panel 3 (February 23, 2002) ]


What Part of You Is NOT for Sale? Economic Justice and Consumer Choice
Wednesday, February 6, 2002

Thomas Beaudoin
Adjunct professor of theology, Boston College, and author of "Virtual Faith: The Irreverent Spiritual Quest of Generation X"
Rodney North
Director, Community Realtions, Equal Exchange
Katia Lemos
Director, Ana da Hora Workers Center

[ Listen to it ]


The Media and the War in Afghanistan
Tuesday, January 29, 2002

Anne Barnard
Foreign correspondent for the Boston Globe
Henry Jenkins
Director, MIT Comparative Media Studies
David Barsamian
Producer, "Alternative Radio".
John Dower
MIT, Department of History and Pulitzer Prize recipient

Marc Kusnetz
Senior Producer, NBC Nightly News, Weekend Edition

Co-sponsored with South End Press

[ Listen to it ]


Karen Armstrong:
The Hijacking of Religion in War
Tuesday, November 27, 2001

Karen Armstrong
Karen Armstrong is Professor of Religion at Leo Baeck College, London, England. Her books include A History of God: The 4,000 Years Quest of Judaism, and The Battle for God

This program was sponsored by the MIT Board of Chaplains and the Dean for Student Life/Dean of Undergraduate Education.


Beyond the Headlines: Making Sense of the Stem Cell Debate
Tuesday, November 20, 2001

George Daley
MIT/ Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
Thomas Shannon
Religion and Social Ethics, Humanities and Arts, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities
Abbey Meyers
President, National Organization for Rare Disorders

Claudia Mickelson
Chair, Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee, NIH

[ Listen to it ] [ MITWorld Video ]


Energy and Climate: What Role for Conservation Policy?
Tuesday, November 6, 2001

Ernest Moniz
Physics, MIT and former Undersecretary, US Department of Energy
David Nemtzow
Thomas Casten
Chairman and CEO, Private Power LLC

Henry Jacoby
Sloan School of Management and Co-Director of the MIT Joint Program on the Science & Policy of Global Change

[ Listen to it ]


An Evening with Noam Chomsky: The New War Against Terror
October 18, 2001

Noam Chomsky
Related Links: Noam Chomsky's Works

[ Listen to it ] [ MITWorld video ]