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Through public lectures, the Technology and Culture Forum presents speakers of diverse viewpoints who come from a wide variety of academic and professional backgrounds. In planning programs, the Technology and Culture Steering Committee, made up of MIT faculty, students and alumni, seek to address critical issues and raise important questions.

Countdown to Zero Poster

Continuing its partnership with MIT Global Zero, T&C hosted a film screening of Countdown to Zero on October 3. Professor R. Scott Kemp hosted a discussion following the film.

 

 


Miss Representation: A Sundance Film


Barbed Wire Image


Youth CAN May 2009


bullying image


Women without Men


Gene Patenting


Malalai Joya


Caytie Campbell-0rrock


ID Fair


Wired for War bookcover


American and Chinese Flag


Radical Abundance - a theology of sustainability

Recent Forums - Spring 2013

The Nuclear Agreement with Iran and Its Ramifications for the Regional Politics of the Middle East

Tuesday, April 15
4:30-6:00pm
E51-057 - click here for map

Speaker:
Professor Ali Banuazizi, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Program in Islamic Civilization and Societies, Boston College

After receiving his Ph. D. from Yale University in 1968, Ali Banuazizi taught at Yale and the University of Southern California before joining the Boston College Faculty in 1971. Since then, he has held visiting appointments and fellowships at the University of Tehran, Princeton, Harvard, and Oxford University, and MIT. He served as the founding editor of the journal of Iranian Studies, from 1968 to 1982. He is a past President of the International Society for Iranian Studies (ISIS) and the Middle East Studies Association (MESA).

Ali Banuazizi is the author of numerous articles on society, culture, and politics in Iran and the Middle East, and the coauthor (with A. Ashraf) of Social Classes, the State and Revolution in Iran (2008, in Persian) and coeditor (with Myron Weiner) of three books on politics, religion and society in Southwest and Central Asia. He is currently associate editor of the Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World.

Persia: The Pertinent History of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Wednesday, April 2
12:30pm
3-133 - click here for map

Speaker:
John Tirman, Executive Director; MIT Center for International Studies

Read a recent interview with Professor Tirman about US-Iran misperceptions.

Click here for a timeline of Iran's nuclear program.

The Ides of April: The Presidential Succession Crisis and the Dilemmas of the Algerian Oligarchy

Edward Keller, Professor, North African and Middle Eastern History and Director, Middle Eastern Studies Program at Tufts University

Tuesday, April 1
4:30-6:30pm
E51-057 - click here for map

Co-sponsored with the Emile Bustani Middle East Seminar

The Cold War Hangover: Nuclear Risks and Political Realities in the 21st Century

Thursday, February 20
4:00pm
10-250
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
Click here to watch a video of this program.

Speakers:
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
Check back here for a video of this program.

Speakers
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.

IAP
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
7:00-9:00pm

Speaker: James Walsh, Security Studies Program, MIT

Click here for a video of this program

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
4:30-6:30
E51-376

Speaker:
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 feministhalloween@gmail.com

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
4:30-6:30
E51-376

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

 

Film Screening: Countdown to Zero

Thursday, October 3
7:00pm
6-120

Join us for the film and a conversation immediately following. Co-sponsored by MIT Global Zero