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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 2003-2004 academic year, T&C sponsored programs on What Good Is Evil: Scientific and Theological Perspectives, the Bush Administration's Misuse of Science, the Militarization of Science and Space, Flight: The Next Hundred Years, Space Exploration: The Next Hundred Years, a series on the environment, the 2003 International Development Fair and co-hosted conferences on Technology and Human Rights, International MIT LINC Symposium, and Depleted Uranium Weapons: Toxic Contaminant or Necessary Technology?

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Prof. Noam Chomsky spoke to a SRO crowd in Kresge Auditorium on February 15, 2004 on the Militarization of Science and Space.

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Forums 2003-2004

Technology and Human Rights Conference
Thursday-Sunday, April 29 - May 2, 2004 at MIT

Go to the Technology and Human Rights Conference Web Site for more information.

 

What Good is Evil? Scientific and Theological Perspectives
Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Speakers:
Thomas B. Lewis
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of California at San Francisco; author of "A General Theory of Love"
Michael Himes
Professor of Theology, Boston College
James Carroll
columnist, Boston Globe; recipient of the National Book Award for "An American Requiem"

Moderator:
Joshua Cohen
Professor of Political Science, MIT; editor of Boston Review

[ 16k Audio Only - Listen to it ]

 

2nd Annual International MIT LINC Symposium & Workshops
Creating and Sustaining Learning Communities
Tuesday-Friday, March 23-26, 2004

Speakers:
Noam Chomsky
Institute Professor; Professor of Linguistics: Linguistic Theory, Syntax, Semantics, Philosophy of Language.

[ Listen to it ] [ MITWorld Video ]

 

Investigating the Bush Administration's Misuse of Science
Sunday, February 15, 2004

Speakers:
Kevin Knobloch
President, Union of Concerned Scientists

Respondents:
Philip Morrison
MIT Institute Professor Emeritus
E.O. Wilson
Harvard Professor Emeritus

[ Listen to it ] [ MITWorld Video ]

 

Depleted Uranium Weapons: Toxic Contaminant or Necessary Technology?
Saturday, March 6, 2004

Speakers:
See DU Speakers

[ Listen to it ]

 

The Militarization of Science and Space
Sunday, February 15, 2004

Speakers:
Noam Chomsky
Institute Professor; Professor of Linguistics: Linguistic Theory, Syntax, Semantics, Philosophy of Language.

[ Listen to it ] [ MITWorld Video ]

 

The Lord of the Rings: The Production Challenges of Filmaking
Friday, February 13, 2004

Speakers:
Richard Sharkey
Supervising Unit Location Manager of The Lord of the Rings
Matthew Cooper
Location Administrator and Production Legal Consultant of The Lord of the Rings

[ 16k Audio Only - Listen to it ]
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Flight: The Next Hundred Years
Wednesday, November 19, 2003

Speakers:
Joseph Corn
Coordinator, American Studies Progam, Stanford University
Allen Hagerty
Retired Vice President and General Manager of Engineering, Boeing Military and Aircraft Missile System; Senior Lecturer and former Hunsacker Visiting Professor, MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Jane Garvey
former Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration; Executive Vice President and Chairman, Transportation Practice, APCO

Moderator:
Larry Young
Professor, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT

[ Listen to it ]

 

Pulp Story: The Fate of a South Bronx Paper Mill
Tuesday, November 18,2003

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

This series is co-sponsored with LFEE.

 

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The Cyborg Self and the Networked City
Thursday, November 13, 2003

Speaker:
William Mitchell

Dean, MIT School of Architecture and Planning
Head, Program in Media Arts and Sciences, MIT

[ MITWorld Video ]

 

Weapons of Mass Confusion: Assessing the True Risks
(The 13th Annual J. Herbert Hollomon Memorial Symposium)

Speakers:
Owen Cote
Associate Director of the MIT Security Studies Program and Co-Editor of International Security
Jeanne Guillemin
Senior Fellow, MIT Security Studies Program Professor of Sociology, Boston College
Steven Miller
Director of the International Security Program, Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs, Harvard University

Moderator:
Kosta Tsipis
MIT

Special Guest Commentator:
Philip Morrison
MIT Institute Professor, Emeritus; Professor of Physics, Emeritus

[ Listen to it ] [ MITWorld Video ]

 

Resource Wars: The New Landscape of Global Conflict
Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Speaker:
Michael Klare
Professor of Peace and World Security Studies, Hampshire College

This series is co-sponsored with LFEE.

 

Space Exploration: The Next 100 Years
Thursday, October 23, 2003

Speakers:
Richard Binzel
Professor, Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, MIT
Supriya Chakrabarti
Director, Center for Space Physics, Boston University
Andrew Chaikin
Author of Air and Space: The National Air and Space Museum Story of Flight and A Man on the Moon

Moderator:
Dava Newman
Associate Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT

This program is co-sponsored with MIT's Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the MIT Museum.

[ Listen to it ] [ MIT World video ]

 

2nd Annual International Development Forum and Fair
Friday, October 3, 2003

For more information, see the MIT International Development Forum website