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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 2006-2007 academic year, T&C hosted programs on Iraq, A Sustainable Energy Future, Technology and Social Isolation, the Future of Nuclear Technology, Understanding Why Good People Turn Evil, Education and Contemplation and a Youth Summit on Global Warming.

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Forums 2006-2007

Youth Summit on Global Warming


Saturday, May 19, 2007
9:45am-5:00pm
Buildings 34 (50 Vassar Street) and 32 (Stata Center)

CONTEMPLATION AND EDUCATION
Training the Mind: From Stress to Bliss

Thursday, April 26, 2007 -- 6:30pm
Location: Simmons Hall

Speaker: Robert A. F. Thurman

Robert Thurman is a scholar, author, former Tibetan Buddhist monk, the Je Tsong Khapa Professor of Buddhist Studies at Columbia University, Director of Tibet House in New York City, a close personal friend of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, and father of five children including the actress, Uma Thurman. He has lectured all over the world; his charisma and enthusiasm draw packed audiences.

Moderator:
The Venerable Tenzin LS Priyadarshi
Buddhist Chaplain and Visiting Scholar
MIT

Sponsored by MIT Prajnopaya and the Technology and Culture Forum at MIT

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Please go to Prajnopaya (The Buddhist Community at MIT) for information.

The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil

Speaker: Philip Zimbardo

Philip Zimbardo is internationally recognized as the 'voice and face of contemporary psychology' through his widely seen PBS-TV series, Discovering Psychology, his media appearances, best-selling trade books on shyness, and his classic research, The Stanford Prison Experiment.

Monday, April 2nd, 2007 -- 4:00pm

Location: Wong Auditorium, Building E51

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An Unscripted Dialogue with Ben Barres and Nancy Hopkins About Issues of Equality in the University


Friday, March 23, 2007
4pm-6pm
Broad Institute Auditorium

Professor Ben Barres is a neuroscientist at Stanford University who was an undergraduate at MIT. His letters drawing attention to gender and minority issues in the sciences have appeared in Nature and the Tech.

Professor Nancy Hopkins is a geneticist at MIT, who has been invited to speak all over the country about her long-time study of and advocacy for women in science. This will be her first time speaking at MIT about these issues.

For those who have been thinking about these questions, which have surfaced again and again within the MIT biology community:

  • How does someone's identity affect the way her/his work is judged?
  • What would make people consider an issue to be about gender or race?
  • What do people mean when they say "(s)he just doesn't fit in with our department?" What makes someone a "good fit" for being an academic scientist?
  • Why does my advisor discuss my work with a male colleague in the lab, when it's my work and I'm standing right there?
  • How can someone advocate for women and minorities when they deny that sexism and racism exist in their own institute?
  • Why are people afraid of having these discussions in public?

Please join us for an interactive conversation about these issues.

Contact information for this program: beyondthevote@mit.edu

 

Iran: War or Peace?

Tuesday, March 20, 2007 -- 4:30pm--E51-345

Speaker: Kenneth Pollack

Director of Research, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, and Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies

Co-sponsored with the Emile Bustani Middle East Seminar and the Center for International Studies

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Can Nuclear Energy and Non-Proliferation Co-Exist?

Thursday, March 15, 2007 - 7pm - 32-141 (Stata Center)

Speakers:
Matthew Bunn, Senior Research Associate, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University

Geoff Forden,
Science, Technology and Global Security Working Group, STS, MIT

Marvin Miller
, Senior Scientist Emeritus, Center for International Studies, MIT

Moderaor:
Owen Cote,
Center for International Studies, MIT

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Diverse Applications of Nuclear Technology

Thursday, March 8, 2007 - 7pm - 32-141 (Stata Center)

Speakers:
Ian Hutchinson,
Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering, MIT

Jeffrey Coderre,
Nuclear Science and Engineering, MIT

Alan Jasanoff,
Associate Member, McGovern Institute for Brain Research

Dwight Williams,
Martin Luther King Visiting Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering, MIT

Moderator:
David Kaiser,
Program in Science, Technology and Society, MIT

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The Future of Nuclear Energy

Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 7pm - 6-120

Speakers:
Allison Macfarlane,
Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University

Andrew Kadak,
Professor of Practice, Nuclear Engineering, MIT

Victor Reis,
Senior Advisor, Office of the Secretary, US Department of Energy

Moderator:
John Durant,
Director, MIT Museum

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Counting the Dead in Iraq

Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 4:30pm - E51-345

Speaker: Gilbert Burnham,
Center for Refugee and Disaster Response, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Co-sponsored with the Emile Bustani Middle East Seminar and the Center for International Studies

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Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons

Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 7pm - 6-120

Speaker: Joseph Cirincione, Senior Vice President, Center for American Progress

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Co-sponsored with the Emile Bustani Middle East Seminar and the Center for International Studies.

Grassroots Climate Action Conference

Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm, Stata Center, 32 Vassar St, Cambridge, MA

Organized & hosted by Massachusetts Climate Action Network and The Technology & Culture Forum at MIT

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For further information and complete program listings, please go to www.MassClimateAction.org

Return of the Middle East Cold War:  A View from the Region's New Ideological Battle Front

Tuesday, November 7, 2006; 4:30 pm in E51-345

Speaker:
Rami G. Khouri,
Syndicated Columnist and Director,
Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs,
American University of Beirut

Co-sponsored with the Emile Bustani Middle East Seminar and the Center for International Studies.

Technology and Social Isolation

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006, 7:00-8:30 pm, Main Dining Room of MIT Bldg. W11

Speakers:
Noboru Tsubaki
Japanese Media Artist, and head of Space Design Section, Kyoto University of Art and Design

The Rev. Amy McCreath, MIT Episcopal Campus Minister and Coordinator of Technology and Culture Forum

Xaq Frohlich, MIT graduate student in Science, Technology and Society

Sponsored with the MIT Office of the Arts.

Towards a Sustainable Energy Future
A 3-Part Series


Part 1: October 18th
The Challenge: Meeting Global Energy Demands Sustainably

Our dependency on fossil fuels and public attitudes limiting change

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006, 6pm at the MIT Museum

Speakers:
Kerry Emanuel
MIT, Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
Ernest Moniz
MIT, Physics; Cecil and Ida Green Distinguished Professor

Watch the Soap Box Special live as a webcast
on October 18 at 6:00pm.

This webcast requires Real Player version 8 or higher, available at www.real.com. To test if your computer can play this webcast, follow this link. Archived video of the Soap Box events will be available online one day following the original broadcast.

Part 2: October 25th
The Role of New Technologies in a Sustainable Energy Economy

What is R&D contributing to meeting the long-term challenge?

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006 at the MIT Museum

Speaker:
Dan Nocera
MIT, Chemistry
Angela Belcher
MIT, Materials Science and Engineering and Biological Engineering

Watch the Soap Box Special live as a webcast
on October 25th at 6:00pm.

This webcast requires Real Player version 8 or higher, available at www.real.com. To test if your computer can play this webcast, follow this link. Archived video of the Soap Box events will be available online one day following the original broadcast.

Part 3: November 1st
Growing Pains: Transitioning to a Sustainable Energy Economy

How to move towards a sustainable energy policy

Wednesday, November 1st, 2006 at the MIT Museum

Speaker:
John Heywood
MIT, Mechanical Engineering and Director
Sloan Automotive Lab
Stephen Ansolabehere
MIT, Political Science

A collaboration between the MIT Museum, the Energy Research Council, and the Technology and Culture Forum

Watch the Soap Box Special live as a webcast
on November 1st at 6:00pm.

This webcast requires Real Player version 8 or higher, available at www.real.com. To test if your computer can play this webcast, follow this link. Archived video of the Soap Box events will be available online one day following the original broadcast.

The Fifth Annual International Development Forum

September 29, 2006, 1pm-3pm, Lobby 13

The goal of the fair is to introduce incoming students and other members of the MIT community to the student classes, centers, programs and academic departments at MIT who, through their activities, have demonstrated an interest in sustainable international development. The fair represents the opportunity for MIT students to become informed participants in the global effort to promote justice and sustainable development.

Please check this website or the IDF hompage during the summer for updated information.

Requiem on the 2006 Israel-Lebanon War
A Talk by Professor Augustus Norton

Tuesday, September 19, 2006, 4:30pm E51-345

Dr. Norton, a Middle East scholar, widely published author and professor in Boston University's Departments of International Relations and Anthropology, will present a lecture as part of the Emile Bustani Middle East Seminar

Co-sponsored with the Emile Bustani Middle East Seminar and the Center for International Studies.