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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.


During the 2002-2003 academic year, T&C hosted programs on New Threats to Freedom and Privacy Online, The Cost of Conflict: The Many Facets of War, Envisioning Science: The Design and Craft of the Science Image, a series on Energy, Environment and Global Politics, a series on women's reproductive rights, Ask All You Like About 9/11, But Just Don't Ask Why, the Rights of International Students in Time of War, Resource Wars in the Post 9/11 Conflict Arena, a discussion on assessing the Bush administration's case against Iraq, and the 1st Annual International Forum and Fair.

Scott Ritter

On September 26, 2002, Scott Ritter, former UN Weapons Inspector in Iraq gave an impassioned and informative presentation dismissing the Bush administration's WMD accusations against Iraq.

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Forums 2002-2003

New Threats to Freedom and Privacy Online
The 12th Annual J. Herbert Hollomon Memorial Symposium.  
Tuesday, May 6, 2003

Speakers:
Susan Landau
Senior Staff Engineer, Sun Microsystems Laboratories
Christopher Hoofnagle
Electronic Privacy Information Center
Stewart Baker
former General Counsel, National Security Agency

Moderator:
Daniel Weitzner
Director, W3C Technology and Society Domain and Senior Researcher, MIT's Laboratory for Computer Science

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Todd Machover's Toy Symphony -- United States Premiere
Saturday, April 26, 2003

Featuring performances of a broad array of technology enhanced live music.
Related Links: Todd Machover; Boston Modern Orchestra Project

(Part of the 2003 Boston Cyberarts Festival and BMOP's "Who's Afraid of Modern Music?" series.)

Who's Afraid of Technology?
Wednesday, April 23, 2003

Featuring performances of a broad array of technology enhanced live music.
Please see the Boston Modern Orchestra Project for more information.

(Part of the 2003 Boston Cyberarts Festival and BMOP's "Who's Afraid of Modern Music?" series.)

 

Costs of Conflict: The Many Facets of War
Thursday, April 17, 2003

Speakers:
Hugh Gusterson
Anthropology, MIT
Bala Rajagopal
Urban Studies and Planning, MIT
David Wirth
Law School, Boston College

A panel discussion exploring the diverse themes of war -- sustainability of American foreign policy, legal aspects of environmental damage, and post-war reconstruction.

Co-sponsored with MIT Student Pugwash

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Envisioning Science: The Design and Craft of the Science Image
Thursday, April 10, 2003

Speaker
Felice Frankel
Science photographer Felice Frankel is a research scientist at MIT. Her latest book Envisioning Science, The Design and Craft of the Science Image has just been published by The MIT Press.

Working in collaboration with scientists, Frankel creates images for journal submissions, presentations and publications for general audiences.

Frankel has received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, to name a few. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Plural Perspectives on Lesbian Artificial Insemination
March 17, 2003

Speaker:
Amy Agigian
A Panel Discussion co-sponsored by Women's Studies, LBGT Programming, and the Science, Technology and Society Colloquium. Panelists: Amy Agigian, Sociology Professor, Suffolk U Center for Women's Health and Human Rights.

(Part of The Politics and Technology of Motherhood Series) This series is co-sponsored with MIT Women's Studies, The Workplace Center at Sloan, and MIT Medical

 

Women as Egg Factories? The Health and Freedom of Choice of Women in the Face of Stem Cell Research and Cloning
Tuesday, March 4, 2002

Speaker:
Cynthia Cohen
Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University

(Part of The Politics and Technology of Motherhood Series) This series is co-sponsored with MIT Women's Studies, The Workplace Center at Sloan, and MIT Medical

 

Ask All You Like about 9/11, But Just Don't Ask Why!
February 5, 2003

Speaker:
Robert Fisk
Middle East correspondent for the London Independent.

[ Listen to it ] [ MIT World video ]

 

Carbon Wars CANCELLED
Tuesday, December 3, 2002

Speaker:
Jeremy Leggett
Chief Executive, The Solar Century

(Part of the Energy, Environment and Global Politics Series) This series is co-sponsored with LFEE

 

Making Babies: Should There Be an Open Market and Anonymous Donation of Human Eggs and Sperm?
Thursday, November 14, 2002

Speaker:
Mary Shanley
Vassar College

(Part of The Politics and Technology of Motherhood Series) This series is co-sponsored with MIT Women's Studies, The Workplace Center at Sloan, and MIT Medical

[ Listen to it ]

 

Teach-In on Iraq with Scott Ritter
October 24, 2002

Speaker:
Scott Ritter
former UN Weapons Inspector in Iraq

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The Rights of International Students in Time of War
October 24, 2002

Speakers:
Anthony Romero
Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union

Respondent:
Danielle Guichard Ashbrook
Director and Associate Dean, MIT International Students Office

Moderator:
Balakrishnan Rajagopal
Urban Studies and Planning
Director, Program on Human Rights and Justice at MIT

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Tilting at Mills: Green Dreams, Dirty Dealings, and the Corporate Squeeze
Tuesday, October 22, 2002

Speakers:
Allen Hershkowitz
Senior Scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council
Lis Harris
Columbia University

(Part of the Energy, Environment and Global Politics Series) This series is co-sponsored with LFEE

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The Politics of Motherhood
Friday, October 18, 2002

Speakers:
Mona Harrington
Program Director, MIT Workplace Center
Lotte Bailyn
Co-Director, MIT Workplace Center; Professor of Management, Sloan School

(Part of The Politics and Technology of Motherhood Series) This series is co-sponsored with MIT Women's Studies, The Workplace Center at Sloan, and MIT Medical

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From Hiroshima to Washington D.C. - The Case for Disarmament
October 15, 2002

Speakers:
Tadatoshi Akiba
Mayor of Hiroshima

Respondents:
Randall Forsberg
Director, Institute for Defense and Disarmament
Tom Doustou
Abenaki Elder; Hiroshima Flame Interfaith Pilgrimage
Chuck Turner
Boston City Councilor

Co-Sponsored with Massachusetts Peace Action

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Roles for Women: Careers, Parenting and Balancing the Two
Thursday, October 3, 2002

Speakers:
Rosalind Barnett
Brandeis University

(Part of The Politics and Technology of Motherhood Series) This series is co-sponsored with MIT Women's Studies, The Workplace Center at Sloan, and MIT Medical

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Resource Wars in the Post 9/11 Conflict Arena
Tuesday, October 1, 2002

Speaker:
Michael Klare
Political Science, Hampshire College

(Part of the Energy, Environment and Global Politics Series) This series is co-sponsored with LFEE

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Cause for War? Assessing the Bush Administration's Case Against Iraq
September 26, 2002

Speakers:
Scott Ritter
former UN Weapons Inspector in Iraq
Stephen Walt
Professor of International Affairs, Harvard University

Moderator:
Kenneth Oye
Associate Professor, Political Science, MIT

This program is co-sponsored with the MIT Political Science Department, the Program on Science, Technology and Society, and the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.

Transcript volunteered by Mike Gorse [mgorse@alum.wpi.edu]

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The MIT International Development Forum
Friday, September 20, 2002

Speakers:
Ralf Hotchkiss
Ralf Hotchkiss is Senior Research Scientist and Technical Director of the Wheeled Mobility Center at San Francisco State University. A recipient of the MacArthur "genius" award, his is the Co-designer of the Whirlwind Wheelchair and has organized a network of wheelchair builders at 30 workshops in 25 developing countries
Sandy Pentland
Alex (Sandy) Pentland is a pioneer in smart environments, wearable computers, and technology for developing countries. He is one of the most-cited computer scientists in the world. He is the founding director of the Media Lab Asia, and is a co-founder of the Media Laboratory's Digital Nations Consortium, and of the Center for Future Health. He is the Toshiba Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT's Media Lab.

This event is co-sponsored with the MIT Public Service Center, the Graduate Student Council, Digital Nations, and mitTechLink

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