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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 2005-2006 academic year, T&C hosted programs on The Ceaseless Society, American Militarism, War, Geopolitics and History: Conflict in the Middle East, European Muslim Identity in the New Millennium, Listening to Depression, the Militarization of Space, a series on the Future of Water, Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament, and the 2005 International Development Fair.

Eugene Jarecki

On April 20, 2006, award-winning film producer Eugene Jarecki showed clips from "Why We Fight," the Grand Jury Prize winner at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.

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Forums 2005-2006

THE CEASELESS SOCIETY:
What happens to our mind, body, and spirit when we just never stop?

Tuesday, April 25, 5:30-8 pm, Simmons Hall, 229 Vassar Street

Speaker:
Jon Kabat Zinn
U MASS Medical School
Preventive and Behavioral Medicine
author of "Meditation for Optimum Health" and "Full Catastrophe Living"
Moderator:
The Venerable Tenzin LS Priyadarshi
Buddhist Chaplain and Visiting Scholar
MIT

The 14th Annual J. Herbert Hollomon Memorial Symposium

The March 16th and April 25th programs are being co-sponsored with:
Simmons Hall; Center for Health Promotion and Wellness, MIT Medical Department; Center for Work, Family and Personal Life, MIT; MIT-Prajnopaya, 2006 Mandala Project; Trinity Church, Copley Square, Boston

[ Watch the videos - Broadband - 220k | Dial-up - 56k ]

MILITARISM:
The "New Normal" in American Politics and Culture?

Thursday, April 20, 7:00 pm, 6-120

Speakers:
Bryan Hehir
Kennedy School of Government
Harvard University
Missy Cummings
MIT Humans and Automation Lab
Department of Aero/Astro, MIT
former military pilot
Eugene Jarecki
Director of "Why We Fight" a Charlotte Street Films, Ltd. Production

From 6:30-7:00, Mr. Jarecki will show excerpts from "Why We Fight" which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.

The Second Annual Robert W. Mann Forum
Co-sponsored with the Tech Catholic Community

[Listen to it ]

WAR, GEOPOLITICS AND HISTORY:
Conflict in the Middle East

Sunday, April 9, 1:30, 26-100

Speaker:
Robert Fisk
Middle East correspondent
London Independent
With an introduction by Professor Noam Chomsky

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EUROPEAN MUSLIM IDENTITY IN THE NEW MILLENNIUM

Tuesday, April 4, 7:30pm, 54-100

Speaker:
His Eminence, Dr. Mustafa Ceric
The Grand Mufti of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Grand Mufti will address some of the issues and challenges of integrating a large European Muslim population into the social, political and cultural structures of Europe.

Sponsored by the MIT Muslim Students' Association with support from the Technology and Culture Forum, the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Center for International Studies.

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LISTENING TO DEPRESSION:
An Interdisciplinary Look at a Mental Health Crisis

Thursday, March 16th, 5:30-8:00 pm, 6-120

Panelists:
Dick Wurtman
Kathryn Madden
Richard Kadison
Dr. David Mischoulon
Harvard Medical School
Assistant Director
MIT's Clinical Research Center

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CIVIL RIGHTS ON CAMPUS

Tuesday, February 21, 7:00pm, 6-120

Speakers:
Nancy Murray
Director
Bill of Rights Education Project
American Civil Liberties Union
Massachusetts
Hugh Gusterson
Anthropology and Science Studies
MIT
David Kaiser
Program in Science
Technology and Society
MIT

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THE ANATOMY OF RECONCILIATION:
From Violence to Healing

January 31-February 1, 9:00am-5:00pm,
Trinity Church, Copley Square

A conference sponsored by Trinity Institute, New York video downlinked to Trinity Church, Copley Square, Boston
For complete program information, please go to http://www.trinitywallstreet.org/institute or call 617.536.0944.

The Militarization of Space: A Policy Debate

November 15, 7pm, 6-120
Speakers:
Lt. General Daniel P. Leaf

Deputy Commander,
United States Pacific Command
Theresa Hitchens,
Director
The Center for Defense Information

[ Watch the videos - Broadband - 220k | Dial-up - 56k ]

The Future of Water

Complete Series Information
October 25 – November 10, 2005
7pm

October 25, 2005
"Water Please No,"

a documentary film with
Comments by :
Rob Kramer

October 27, 2005
“Water Politics and Earth Democracy”

Speaker:
Vandana Shiva
Respondent:
Abha Sur

[ Watch the videos - Broadband - 220k | Dial-up - 56k ]

November 3, 2005
“Women and Water”

Speakers:
Marcia Brewster

Shauna Curry

[ Listen to it ]

For more details on the International Water for Life Decade, see our two websites:
http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/sdissues/water/water.htm
http://www.un.org/waterforlifedecade
http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/sdissues/water/Interagency_activities.htm

November 10
“Innovating for Clean and Abundant Water: Achieving the UN Millennium Goal for Water”

Speaker:
Susan Murcott
Aaron Salzberg

Moderator:
Earthea Nance
MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning

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Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament: The Way Forward

October 22, 2005, 9:00am-5:00pm, 26-100

9:00am The Nuclear Freeze at 25: Lessons for Grassroots Outreach

10:45am College Teaching on Security and Nonproliferation Issues

3:00 pm The Honorable Edward Markey
7th District Congressional Representative
Massachusetts

3:30 Cultural, Psychological and Religious Responses to the Nuclear Threat

For a complete list of the day's events and speakers, please go to http://idds.org.

There will be an additional day of programs on Friday, October 21 in 54-100.
FOR A COMPLETE LISTING OF SYMPOSIA, PANELS, and SPEAKERS, please go to the IDDS website http://idds.org or call 617.354.4337

International Development Forum 2005

September 30, 2005, 1-3pm, Lobby 13

Visit web.mit.edu/idf/ for more information