Recent Forums - Spring 2013
The Cold War Hangover: Nuclear Risks and Political Realities in the 21st Century
Thursday, February 20
Speaker: James Acton, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Refreshments at 3:30pm in 4-349
PLEASE NOTE: You are invited to an informal conversation with James Acton prior to his main talk in 10-250 at 4pm. We will be hosting a discussion at 2:00 - 3:15 PM in the LNS conference Room 26-528. Please email Aron Bernstein to RSVP.
Sponsored by MIT's Laboratory for Nuclear Science and Global Zero.
Getting Beyond Us and Them: Our Brains and the Possibility of Peace
Tuesday, February 4
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Emile Bruneau, Researcher, Social Cognitive Neuroscience, Saxelab, MIT
Joshua Greene, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Harvard University and author of "Moral Tribes"
New brain imaging studies show us that our instincts and assumptions can set us up to experience greater conflict, especially between groups that have differing moral codes or unequal access to power. Dr. Joshua Greene and Dr. Emile Bruneau will share insights from their research into why we encounter conflict and the strategies we can use to overcome our brains' automatic responses and create new opportunities for compromise, coexistence and peace.
Emile Bruneau is interested in the psychology of human conflict. He is working with Saxe to figure out why empathy - the ability to feel compassion for another person's suffering - often fails between members of opposing conflict groups. Bruneau is also trying to locate patterns of brain activity that correlate with empathy, in hopes of eventually using such measures to determine how well people respond to reconciliation programs aimed at boosting empathy between groups in conflict.
Joshua Greene's research focuses on moral judgment and decision-making, primarily using behavioral experiments and functional neuroimaging (fMRI). The goal of the research is to understand how moral judgments are shaped by automatic processes (such as emotional "gut reactions") and controlled cognitive processes (such as reasoning and self-control). Much of the research is aimed at understanding these automatic and controlled processes in more detailed functional terms. Recent work examines related phenomena such as cooperation, punishment, and belief in God.
Click here to read a recent book review of "Moral Tribes".
Click here to listen to a recent radio program, "Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them", on WYNC featuring Professor Joshua Greene.
Click here to listen to a BBC panel discussion, "Why Do We Tell Stories?", featuring Dr. Emile Bruneau.
Click here to read an MITnews story featuring the research of Dr. Emile Bruneau.
The Origins of Freedom
The Continuing Debate Over Equality
Lincoln and Darwin @ 204
Wednesday, February 12
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David E. Housman, "Human Evolution and Human Disease"; Biology, MIT
Jonathan King, "Darwin's Contribution to Views of Human Equality"; Biology, MIT
Helen Elaine Lee, "Voices from Slavery and Abolition"; School of Humanities, Arts and Social Science, MIT
John Stauffer, "Lincoln, Douglas and Emancipation"; Program in the History of American Civilization, Harvard University
Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born hours apart on the same day, in the same year: February 12, 1809. Although born to differing circumstance, both men played a huge role in the struggle for human equality. Our panel of speakers will offer insights ranging from the voices from slavery and abolition; Lincoln, Douglas and Emancipation; and Darwin's contribution to human equality.
To learn more about Darwin and Lincoln, their similarities and differences, and how they shaped the world, read this Smithsonian article.
UNCOVERING IRAN: A Lunch Discussion on the World's Most Talked About Nuclear Program
Wednesday, January 22: Persia: The Pertinent History of the Islamic Republic of Iran; John Tirman, Executive Director, Center for International Studies:
Friday, January 24: Diplomacy in Danger: The Nuclear Build-up and Interim Deal with Iran; Jim Walsh, Research Associate, Security Studies Program
Please Note: Professor Tirman's postponed program will be re-scheduled as soon as possible. Please check back soon.
Check out the MIT Global Zero website for additional IAP programming.
Small Risk, Catastrophic Consequence:
The Challenge of Nuclear Terrorism
Wednesday, November 20
Speaker: James Walsh, Security Studies Program, MIT
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Listen to Jim Walsh on NPR’s “Here and Now”
Follow Jim Walsh on Twitter
Co-sponsored with MIT Global Zero
Was the Arab Spring Just a Moment?
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Dr. Tarek Masoud, Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School
A political scientist and Middle East specialist, Dr. Masoud's research focuses on political development in countries that are poor and unfree. He is the author of a forthcoming book on Islamic political parties, and is the co-editor of Problems and Methods in the Study of Politics (Cambridge, 2004) and Order, Conflict, and Violence (Cambridge, 2008).
TAKING BACK HALLOWEEN
October 25-November 3
DON'T BUY INTO RACIST, SEXIST PRE-PACKAGED COSTUMES!
Design and submit your awesome, progressive costume design to this internet-wide costume PHOTO CONTEST!
Top 5 costumes will be awarded $20 Amazon gift cards.
Send your photos to this Tumblr site or to firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsored by MIT End Violence, MIT Program in Women's and Gender Studies, GWAMIT and MIT Stop Our Silence
Is Syria Being 'Lebanized' or is Lebanon Being "Syrianized"?
Tuesday, November 5
Hussein Ibish, Senior Fellow, American Task Force on Palestine
Mr. Ibish is a regular contributor to many American and Middle Eastern publications, including NOW Lebanon, and was the Washington, DC correspondent for the Daily Star (Beirut).
Co-Sponsored with the Emile Bustani Middle East Seminar
Thursday, October 3
Join us for the film and a conversation immediately following. Co-sponsored by MIT Global Zero